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.
|Journal||International Journal of Educational Research Open|
|State||Published - Jan 2023|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was funded by a research grant under the Department for the Economy (Northern Ireland) Global Challenges Research Scheme. A protocol for the study was previously published in International Journal of Educational Research.
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