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Peer teaching; Reading (Middle school) -- Remedial teaching;


Today students with disabilities are more commonly being included in general education classrooms. This can create large gaps in achievement levels in the classroom and can be stressful for both the teacher and the students. This paper investigates the use of peer-tutors during a 7th grade reading workshop class period with students who are performing below grade level. Eight seventh-grade tu tees participated in the study where reading comprehension, reading fluency, work completion, and attitudes about the tutoring program were examined. In addition, two students were selected for case studies where there was further analysis of tutoring plans and assignments. Case study students were also interviewed to get a more personal feeling on their experience in the tutoring program. Results indicated that peer-tutoring was an effective way to raise both reading comprehension and oral reading fluency. Further research should be done in the areas of vocabulary development and silent reading fluency, as these areas did not show significant growth.

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Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of Literacy Education

First Advisor

Rick C. Traw

Second Advisor

Sarah E. Montgomery


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