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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, Slavin, Robert E., Madden, Nancy A., Abrami, Philip, 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
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1086/659035
ID Code:36086
Deposited By: ANDREA MURRAY
Deposited On:21 Nov 2011 19:58
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:36
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