The effect of peer tutors on motor performance in integrated physical education classes

Cathy Houston-Wilson, John M. Dunn, Hans Van Der Mars, Jeffrey McCubbin

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The effect of untrained and trained peer tutors on the motor performance of students with developmental disabilities in integrated physical education classes was studied. This study used a single-subject delayed multiple baseline design across six participants (5 boys and 1 girl, ages 9 to 11) with developmental disabilities. Six typically developing peers served as peer tutors. The ability to perform critical elements of fundamental motor skills was the dependent variable. Students were assigned to one of two protocols. Protocol 1 consisted of three conditions: baseline, assistance by an untrained peer tutor, and assistance by a trained peer tutor. Protocol 1 revealed that trained peer tutors were effective at assisting participants to improve their motor performance while untrained peer tutors were not. Protocol 2, which consisted only of a baseline and trained peer tutoring, was used to replicate and provide additional support for the effect of trained peer tutors. Results revealed that trained peer tutors were effective at assisting participants to improve their motor performance in integrated physical education classes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)298-313
Number of pages16
JournalAdapted Physical Activity Quarterly
Volume14
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1997
Externally publishedYes

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Developmental Disabilities
Physical Education and Training
Students
Motor Skills
Aptitude

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  • Health Professions(all)
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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The effect of peer tutors on motor performance in integrated physical education classes. / Houston-Wilson, Cathy; Dunn, John M.; Van Der Mars, Hans; McCubbin, Jeffrey.

In: Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, Vol. 14, No. 4, 10.1997, p. 298-313.

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Houston-Wilson, Cathy ; Dunn, John M. ; Van Der Mars, Hans ; McCubbin, Jeffrey. / The effect of peer tutors on motor performance in integrated physical education classes. In: Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. 1997 ; Vol. 14, No. 4. pp. 298-313.
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