Impact of Reciprocal Peer-Tutoring on Secondary School Students’ Achievement in Large Physics Classes in Nigeria

By Bimbola D. Oludipe.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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This study investigated the impact of Reciprocal peer-tutoring on senior secondary students’ Achievement in large Physics classes in Nigeria. It adopted the pretest-posttest control group quasi-experimental design. One hundred and ninety-four intact class of students (112 males and 82females) with a mean age of 15.7 years, SD= 1.7 from four co-educational secondary schools in Edo State, Nigeria constituted the sample for the study. A Physics Achievement Test (PAT) consisting of fifty items in multiple-choice format was used for data collection. Data was analyzed using simple descriptive statistics and t-test. Results revealed that reciprocal peer tutoring improved students’ achievement in Physics in large classes significantly. However, no significant effect of reciprocal peer-tutoring on gender was found. The findings from this study tend to suggest that reciprocal peer-tutoring could be a panacea for dealing with the problems of Physics achievement deficits in large class sizes. In effect, policy makers may not need to bother reducing large class sizes but encourage Physics teachers to employ reciprocal peer-tutoring to facilitate students’ learning.

Keywords: Peer-tutoring, Reciprocal Teaching, Secondary School, Achievement, Physics, Large Class Size

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.13-18. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.557MB).

Dr. Bimbola D. Oludipe

Lecturer 1, Curriculum Studies and Instructional Technology Department, Faculty of Education, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun, Nigeria

I had my first degree in Physics Education from the above -named University 16 years ago. I then proceeded to University of Ibadan, Oyo State where I obtained my 2nd and 3rd Degrees in Educational Evaluation in 1995 and 2004 respectively. I joined the University system as a lecturer over four years ago. I love my job so much and i have a deep passion for research especially in the field of Science Education, Curriculum Studies, Measurement and Evaluation. I appreciate reading, engaging in intellectual discuss and travelling. I have seventeen publications in reputable journals both within and outside my Country and, I am a member of quite a number of academic organizations.