Reexamining the literature: The impact of peer tutoring on higher order learning

Stephanie Morano, Paul J. Riccomini

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The body of peer-tutoring intervention research targeting higher order learning (HOL) objectives for middle and high school students with disabilities is reviewed. Peer-tutoring outcomes are synthesized and studies are analyzed to examine the influence of tutoring procedures and study design features on intervention efficacy. Findings show that (a) peer-tutoring interventions targeting HOL objectives have had mixed results; (b) positive, statistically significant peer-tutoring effects may be related to researchers’ choice of assessments and comparison condition instruction; and (c) requiring tutors to independently evaluate tutee responses to HOL prompts and to carry out complex error-correction procedures may hinder tutoring intervention efficacy. Implications for research and eight recommendations for using peer tutoring to target HOL objectives are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-115
Number of pages12
JournalPreventing School Failure
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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