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Small-Group, Computer-Assisted Tutoring to Improve Reading Outcomes for Struggling First and Second Graders

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Small-Group, Computer-Assisted Tutoring to Improve Reading Outcomes for Struggling First and Second Graders

Chambers, Bette and Slavin, Robert E. and Madden, Nancy A. and Abrami, Philip and Logan, Michele K. and Gifford, Richard (2011) Small-Group, Computer-Assisted Tutoring to Improve Reading Outcomes for Struggling First and Second Graders. The Elementary School Journal, 111 (4). pp. 625-640. ISSN 00135984

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/659035

Abstract

This study evaluated the relative effects of Tier II computer-assisted tutoring in small groups (Team Alphie) and one-to-one tutoring provided to struggling readers in 33 high-poverty Success for All (SFA) schools. In this year-long study, struggling readers in the Team Alphie schools were tutored in groups of 6. In the control schools, students were tutored using the standard one-to-one tutoring process used in SFA. Analyses of covariance of students' standardized reading scores indicated that the first-grade treatment group significantly outperformed the control group on all 3 reading measures, with no significant differences for second graders. Schools using Team Alphie were able to tutor many more students than the control schools. This study shows that a computer-assisted, small-group tutoring program may be at least as effective as one-to-one tutoring and serve more struggling readers. It may serve as a good example of Tier II instruction in a response to intervention (RTI) model.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Concordia University > Research Units > Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Chambers, Bette and Slavin, Robert E. and Madden, Nancy A. and Abrami, Philip and Logan, Michele K. and Gifford, Richard
Journal or Publication:The Elementary School Journal
Date:2011
ID Code:36086
Deposited By:ANDREA MURRAY
Deposited On:21 Nov 2011 14:58
Last Modified:21 Nov 2011 14:58
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