Okilwa, Nathern S. A. and Shelby, Liz, “The Effects of Peer Tutoring on Academic Performance of Students with Disabilities in Grades 6 through 12: A Synthesis of the Literature” Remedial and Special Education 31: 450, 2010.
This synthesis examined the effects of peer tutoring on academic performance of students with disabilities in Grades 6 through 12. Twelve studies met all the criteria for this synthesis: (a) original studies, (b) published in peer-reviewed journals between 1997 and 2007, (c) investigated peer tutoring in special education students in Grades 6 through 12, and (d) implemented peer tutoring as an intervention and measured the effect on the academic outcomes of students with disabilities. Findings revealed that peer tutoring has a positive academic effect on students with disabilities in Grades 6 through 12, regardless of disability type. Peer tutoring was reported as effective for special education students in both general education and special education settings. Peer tutoring implemented across subject areas also showed positive academic effects. Each of the 12 studies implemented peer tutoring in at least one content area (e.g., language arts, math, science, and social studies).
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