Results from a Phase 2 exploratory trial of Paired Reading in Spanish language in Colombia

Allen Thurston*, Gloria Lucia Bernal, Luz Karime Abadía Alvarado, Maria Cockerill, Alison MacKenzie, Joanne O’ Keeffe, Juan Manuel Garcia Ospina, Pelusa Orellana, Tien Hui Chiang

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There is good evidence that peer tutoring, when used in a structured manner can lead to attainment gains in English reading. Transferability of the technique to other languages and educational contexts are less well studied. This paper reports results from a Phase 2 exploratory trial designed to establish if peer tutoring, in the form of Paired Reading, could transfer to the Colombian education system, and into the Spanish language. A randomised trial was conducted in four Colombian elementary schools with eight classes, and 298 third and fifth grade pupils. Results indicated that Paired Reading could be an effective, low-cost strategy for improving reading. Positive results for the Paired Reading group, compared to the control group, were observed (Effect Size +0.16). The protocol established success criteria to determine whether there was enough evidence of efficacy to warrant a Phase 3 definitive trial of the technique. Results indicated that the criteria were met for progression to a Phase 3 trial, despite disruption to the research due to Covid related school closures.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100244
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Research Open
StatePublished - Jan 2023

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