ERIC Number: ED405317
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Nov-7
Tutorials in an Elementary School Taught by Sophomores Majoring in Education: A Review of Literature and Results of a Pilot Study.
Gee, Jerry Brooksher
The purpose of this study was to plan and implement a tutorial program in an elementary school setting to: (1) provide practical experience for undergraduates majoring in education; and (2) assist elementary students in the acquisition of basic skills on an individual basis. Students from a sophomore level survey class were selected to participate in this pilot program. It was determined that children in grades 1-4 needing additional assistance with reading, arithmetic, and general homework assignments would be organized into small groups with each college student having the opportunity to tutor on a rotating basis. All materials taught were a continuation of lessons previously introduced by the regular classroom teacher. Tutees in all grades showed some improvement with greatest improvement in reading and arithmetic found in grades 2-4. Classroom teachers were positive in their responses to the pilot program. Their suggestions included scheduling the same tutor with the same group of students for each visit and more advance notice on scheduling of tutor visits. The undergraduate students indicated that the experience brought them more confidence regarding their decision to become teachers, gave them practical knowledge about teaching, exposed them to varied teaching strategies, gave them practical grounding to theory, and allowed them a more realistic perspective of the teaching profession. (Contains 10 references.) (JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Tuscaloosa, AL, November 7, 1996).