Children As Teachers. Theory and Research on Tutoring by Vernon L. Allen

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After about 5 minutes, I noticed that some students were looking at me quizzically; others appeared to be amused; and still others were whispering to their neighbors. It turned out that I had blundered into the wrong room. I had answered the Who am I? question ("teacher of Abnormal Psychology 168") by assuming the answer to the Who are you? question: that members of the audience were students registered for the course in Abnormal Psychology 168. In fact, the room was filled with first-year dentistry students.

The tutee's acquisition of knowledge about introductory psychology appeared to be interwoven with the acquisition of a "friendship" role. The tutees who made no progress were those with whom a more conventional teacher-student relationship was apparent. In at least two of the unsuccessful cases, I recognized that the tutee appeared not to like me, and, I should add, the sentiment was mutual. At first I attributed the differential response to my tutoring efforts as a function of CROSS-AGE T U T O R I N G A N D SOCIAL I D E N T I T Y 29 the attitude and motivation of the tutee.

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