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The effect of peer tutoring on academic achievement

Comfort, P and McMahon, JJ 2014, 'The effect of peer tutoring on academic achievement' , Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 6 (1) , pp. 168-175.

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to determine the effects of peer tutoring on the academic achievement, during practical assessments, of the tutors and tutees. Design/methodology/approach – Final year students on an undergraduate Sports Science degree programme provided optional peer tutored practical sessions, once per week (two hours per session) for 12 weeks, for second year students on the same undergraduate programme. Students were then assessed on their ability to demonstrate, coach and explain a range of dynamic resistance exercises. Findings – A one way analysis of variance with Bonferroni post hoc analysis demonstrated a significantly greater academic achievement in the peer tutoring group (73.64±10.26 per cent) compared to students that were not peer tutored (46.20±20.27, p=0.003) and compared to the previous years’ cohort that were not peer tutored (56.83±19.18, p<0.001). Moreover, tutors also demonstrated significantly (p<0.001) higher grades (82.00±11.01 per cent) compared to the students that did not act as peer tutors (64.88±8.82 per cent). Practical implications – This study demonstrates that peer tutoring during practical sessions in Sports Science programmes can enhance the development of practical skills and achievement of both tutees and tutors during practical assessments. Originality/value – To the authors knowledge this is the first study to determine the effects of peer tutoring on both the tutors and tutees, in a Sports Science setting.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mentoring, Employability, Achievement, Practical skills.
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Schools > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education
Publisher: Emerald
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 2050-7003
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr P Comfort
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2014 16:40
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:42
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/31919

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