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ERIC Number: ED496723
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May-14
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
This report is an evaluation of "Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies," an instructional program for use in elementary school classrooms to improve student proficiency in reading and math. It was developed for use with students with diverse academic needs, including English language learners. Although other programs emphasize peer-to-peer learning strategies that can be utilized in classrooms, this report focuses on "Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies" because of its possible usefulness with students with diverse academic needs, including English language learners with learning disabilities. One study of "Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies" for English language learners met the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards. The study included 132 Spanish-speaking English language learners from grades 3-6 in South Texas. The WWC considers the extent of evidence for "Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies" to be small for reading achievement. No studies that met WWC standards with or without reservations addressed math achievement or English language development. "Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies" was found to have potentially positive effects on reading achievement. (Contains 23 footnotes.) [This publication was produced by the What Works Clearinghouse. The following study is reviewed in this intervention report: Saenz, L. M., Fuchs, L. S., & Fuchs, D. (2005). Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies for English language learners with learning disabilities. "Exceptional Children," 71, 231-247.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas