ERIC Number: ED373850
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
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Supplemental Instruction: A Peer Tutoring Program at LaGuardia Community College.
Supplemental instruction (SI) is a non-remedial academic support or peer tutoring program based on the concept that students are more likely to persist in college if they establish a feeling of belonging to their educational institution. The SI model differs from traditional tutoring in the following ways: (1) instead of assisting poor or failing students, SI targets all students in high risk courses; (2) tutors, or SI leaders, must have successfully completed the course and be sensitive, caring individuals; (3) SI leaders are required to attend classes and labs and complete assignments to model appropriate behavior for other students; (4) leaders are trained to view themselves as facilitators and model how to process information through analysis, synthesis, and application; (5) leaders are required to participate in 2-day training sessions and meet with an SI supervisor weekly to continue learning; and (6) all students are encouraged to participate to avoid the stigma attached to traditional tutoring programs. In spring 1993, an SI program was tested in introductory accounting, economics and biology courses at LaGuardia Community College, in New York. A comparison of grades in SI sections and non-SI sections taught by the same professors, indicated that the passing rate increased by 15%. The SI biology section was most successful with the percentage of "A's" increasing from 8% to 17% and "B's" increasing from 13.3% to 25%. All passing rates increased and failure rates decreased in all SI courses. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Community College General Education Association (13th, Albany, NY, May 5-7, 1994).