ERIC Number: ED346774
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-20
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Undergraduate Students as Tutors: Are They as Effective as Faculty in Conducting Small-Group Tutorials?
Moust, Jos C.; Schmidt, Henk G.
This paper presents a study that investigated academic achievement of students (total n=407) guided by student tutors compared with students guided by faculty tutors at the Law School of the University of Limburg, the Netherlands. Two methods of assessing students' achievement on end-of-course examinations were used: expert judgements and propositional analysis. Academic achievement was measured using short-essay questions. Results of both methods used indicated that no differences in achievement occurred. Students guided by student tutors performed as well as students guided by staff tutors. Several explanations are proposed for these results. Among them are: (1) the possibility that the students guided by student tutors spend more time on self-study to compensate for their tutors' lack of expertise, or (2) that the staff tutors perhaps allow students less time and freedom for discussing the subjects in their tutorial groups. Contains 15 references and an appendix containing an example of an essay question for the course, "Unlawful Behavior." (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
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