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Improving attainment across a whole district : school reform through peer tutoring in a randomized controlled trial.

Tymms, P. and Merrell, C. and Thurston, A. and Andor, J. and Topping, K. and Miller, D. (2011) 'Improving attainment across a whole district : school reform through peer tutoring in a randomized controlled trial.', School effectiveness and school improvement., 22 (3). pp. 265-289.

Abstract

Districts are an important unit for administrative purposes, but they vary little in their impact on students' attainment, at least in the UK. Further, government attempts to raise attainment are often disappointing. The project described in this article aimed to engage schools in reform to change students' attainment and attitudes in schools across a whole district. The intervention, peer tutoring, has a good research pedigree in small-scale studies, but scaling it up to district-level implementation has not been rigorously evaluated. Over 2 years, 129 elementary schools in 1 Scottish district were randomly assigned to different interventions. The implementation was not perfect, but the results were positive with respect to cross-age tutoring, which had effect sizes of about 0.2. Despite limitations, the study demonstrates that it is possible to carry out a clustered randomized controlled trial (RCT) on a large scale working with districts and suggests that peer tutoring has promise when scaled up.

Item Type:Article
Full text:PDF - Published Version (790Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09243453.2011.589859
Publisher statement:This is an electronic version of an article published in Tymms, P. and Merrell, C. and Thurston, A. and Andor, J. and Topping, K. and Miller, D. (2011) 'Improving attainment across a whole district : school reform through peer tutoring in a randomized controlled trial.', School effectiveness and school improvement., 22 (3). pp. 265-289. School effectiveness and school improvement is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=0924-3453&volume=22&issue=3&spage=265
Record Created:28 Oct 2011 09:50
Last Modified:06 Jan 2013 00:30

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