ERIC Number: ED471075
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-May
Improving the Reading Skills of Third Grade Students When Using a Peer-Tutoring Program Involving Sixth Grade Students.
Sperb, Linda; Waller, Cindi
This report describes a program for improving the reading skills of third grade students using sixth grade tutors. The target population consisted of third and sixth grade students located in northeastern Illinois. The problems of low reading skills upon entering third grade were documented through the use of several reading tests and lists. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that many students were entering the third grade with below average reading skills. During the month of September the students were tested to find the right candidates for tutoring. The Wide Range Achievement Test, the Woodcock-Johnson Psychological Battery, and the Dolch sight word list were used to select the five students to be tutored. The 6th grade teacher was allowed to decide which students she felt would be responsible enough to be involved in the program. Reviews of curricula content and instructional strategies also revealed gaps in teaching student learning styles. A review of solution strategies gathered through research, combined with an analysis of the problem setting, resulted in the selection of a formatted tutoring program entitled "Great Leaps." This provided the sixth grade students a set of materials from which to work, which allowed structure and a reduction of stress levels among the tutors. Post intervention data indicated an increase in the reading levels of three of the five third grade students who were tutored. The other two either stayed at the same level or dropped. Appendixes contain the Dolch sight word list for third grade and the parent survey. Also appended are the following copyrighted pages: Wide Range Achievement Test--Revised Level 1 (Jastak Associates, 1984); Great Leaps Phonics, Great Leaps Sight Phrases, Great Leaps Elementary Reading, and Great Leaps Reading Progress Chart (Kenneth U. Campbell, 1998). (Contains 62 references, 2 figures, and 8 tables.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Arts Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and SkyLight Professional Development Field-Based Master's Program. Appendixes containing copyrighted material are not available from ERIC.