Development and Initial Validation of the Peer Tutor Evaluation Instrument In Adapted Physical Education


  • Drew Vonlintel Salt Lake City School District
  • Hester Henderson University of Utah
  • Breda O'Keeffe University of Utah
  • Arwen Fuller University of Utah
  • Elizabeth (Betsy) Cook University of Utah
  • Lynn Durrant University of Utah


peer tutors, peer tutor training program, peer tutor evaluation instrument, assessment/evaluation, peer tutor performance


The purpose of this study was to delineate the development of a peer tutor evaluation instrument to assess interaction and teaching skills of peer tutors (5 males, 7 females) aged 9 to 12 (M=10.3, SD= 1.4) in adapted physical education.  The theoretical and empirical base for the evaluation instrument is detailed in a three-step study. The first step was to develop seven goals and nine objectives, based on literature review, consultation with professionals in the field, and personal experience. The second step involved engaging expert reviewers to determine content related evidence of validity (CV) of the goals and objectives on the evaluation instrument as they relate to the peer tutor training program. The third step involved using the evaluation instrument in practical settings to assess reliability and usability. The outcomes of content validity and reliability ratings favorably indicated that the Peer Tutor Evaluation Instrument (PTEI) is an effective tool for practitioners to use for rating peer tutor performance in adapted physical education settings.


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