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On the effectiveness of supplemental instruction: a systematic review of supplemental instruction and peer-assisted study sessions literature between 2001 and 2010

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Dawson, P and van der Meer, J and Skalicky, J and Cowley, K, On the effectiveness of supplemental instruction: a systematic review of supplemental instruction and peer-assisted study sessions literature between 2001 and 2010, Review of Educational Research, 84, (4) pp. 609-639. ISSN 0034-6543 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 AERA

DOI: doi:10.3102/0034654314540007

Abstract

Supplemental instruction (SI) - variously known as peer-assisted learning, peer-assisted study sessions, and other names - is a type of academic support intervention popular in higher education. In SI sessions, a senior student facilitates peer learning between undergraduates studying a high-risk course. This article presents a systematic review of the literature between 2001 and 2010 regarding the effectiveness of SI. Twenty-nine studies met the inclusion criteria. Due to methodological heterogeneity and lack of consistency defining the SI treatment, qualitative synthesis methods were applied. For seven included studies, however, an effect size of SI participation on final grades was calculated, ranging from d = 0.29 to d = 0.60. The findings of the review are consistent with claims validated by the U.S. Department of Education in the 1990s that participation in SI is correlated with higher mean grades, lower failure and withdrawal rates, and higher retention and graduation rates.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:supplemental instruction, PASS, peer learning, effectiveness, systematic review
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education Systems
Research Field:Higher Education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Education and Training Systems
Objective Field:Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
Author:Skalicky, J (Dr Jane Skalicky)
ID Code:93771
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Student Centre
Deposited On:2014-08-15
Last Modified:2015-04-30
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