Session S19a (Monday, 9:30am, Wartik 107)

P123: Investigating the tutor-learning effect: Identification of predictors of tutors' productive behaviors

Jon Velasco, Marilyne Stains (University of Nebraska – Lincoln, USA)

Research on tutoring indicates that tutors are learning while participating in tutoring sessions; this is known as the ‘tutor-learning effect’. This effect has mostly been studied in non-naturalistic settings. Some of these studies suggest that certain behaviors are more conducive to tutor learning than others and that tutors’ enactment of these behaviors may depend on their belief systems such as their perceptions of the tutor role. In this study, we will a) identify behaviors promoting the tutor-learning effect, b) identify tutor’s perceptions of tutoring, and c) evaluate if these perceptions can be used as predictors of tutors’ behaviors. Data will be collected in the form of a) tutoring observations in order to identify behaviors conducive to the tutor-learning effect, b) concept maps to evaluate the extent of the tutor-learning effect, and c) interviews to examine tutor perceptions of the tutor role and the impact of tutoring experience on these perceptions.

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