Project Updates

Project Reports (pdf)

  1. Research literature review, completed October 2002. Read our Research Reviews for a thumb-nail sketch of findings or a more complete report of prior research.
  2. Bibliography of research on K-12 peer teaching, updated periodically. Our Annotated Bibliography is also available for downloading.
  3. National survey of K-12 peer teaching practices, completed February 2004. Click here for a brief report and information about the full technical report.
  4. Informal peer teaching in a middle school social studies learning stations task, completed October 2004. Click here for the report.
  5. High school calculus students teaching review for AP Calculus Exam, completed April 2005. Click here for the report.
  6. National survey of Phi Delta Kappa's Future Educators Association practices. Click here for the Executive Summary and Narrative; click here for the Appendixes.
  7. Tracking changes in second graders' teaching styles in a "Scientist of the Week" project. Click here for the report.
  8. Missouri Botanical Garden's exemplary ECO-ACT peer teaching program is evaluated after twenty years. Click here for the program director's report.
  9. Fourth graders research Iowa history topics and teach about them to their peers and others at Monroe Elementary School in Des Moines. Click here for the teacher's report.
  10. High school English students in North Carolina study short stories and teach the class, either through a jigsaw adaptation or as a whole group. Download the teacher's report here.
  11. Sugarloaf Key, Florida special education students learn to follow science experiment sequences with peer tutoring help. Download the teacher's report here.
  12. High school English language arts students teach grammar topics in St. Louis. Download the teacher's report here.

In Progress

  1. Demonstration teaching by middle school English language arts students (data gathering complete, analysis in progress)
  2. First graders' informal peer teaching in mathematics group tasks (data gathering complete; analysis in progress)
  3. High school French and German class peer teaching in group research projects (data gathering complete; preliminary analysis complete)
  4. Sampling attitudes toward informal peer teaching throughout the year in 8th grade social studies classes (data gathering complete, analysis in progress)
  5. Cross-age peer tutoring in after-school and summer remedial camps in mathematics, reading, and writing; and summer enrichment camps in various skills such as computers, puppetry, gymnastics, music, etc. We looked at teaching strategies, motivations, and rewards of high school tutors (interviews, observations and focus group complete; preliminary analysis complete; follow-up questionnaire complete; report in progress)
  6. Interviews with 15 teachers in a preK-8 school about individual differences in their students' teaching abilities, and about their own early recollections of teaching someone (data gathering complete, analysis in progress)
  7. Peer teaching in a 210-member school band program in which all students learn how to teach their peers in preparation for public performances in small ensembles (project approved: questionnaires, observations, interview with the teacher, data gathering complete, analysis begun, report in progress)
  8. Informal peer teaching in a family-grouping classroom (grades 3-5): questionnaires, student observations (data gathering complete, analysis begun)
  9. Student presentations of reflections on reading materials in a first grade classroom: teacher observations, questionnaires, interviews (data gathering complete)
  10. Third graders teach natural science lessons to second graders in an outdoor science fair: teacher observations, questionnaires (data gathering complete, report drafted)
  11. High school statistics students form work groups and carry out a policy study of issues such as school funding, local economic development, etc. (data gathering complete)
  12. Missouri Botanical Garden, a world-class resource for plant research and garden design, is in the 26th year of the ECO-ACT program. High school seniors take environmental science and teaching workshops to help 4th graders learn about the environment. We're studying retention of the content by last year's 4th graders, and we're tracking teaching techniques the seniors use. (design completed–in collaboration with Missouri Botanical Garden and six cooperating school districts)
  13. High school students who already know most of the content of a robotics class will assist their math teacher to teach and coach other students. They will journal their teaching, and the teacher will observe how the teaching skills change. (design complete)
  14. High school advanced German students teach each other about German states and their geographies. They use the POLAR * framework to make predictions about their success, assess the results of their teaching, and reflect on the process. Various observation instruments, journaling, and surveys gather data. (design and data-gathering complete)
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