Journal of Behavioral Education

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 331–342 | Cite as

The effects of classwide peer tutoring on correct cardiopulmonary resuscitation performance by physical education majors

  • Phillip Ward
  • Marie C. Ward
Regular Papers

Abstract

Previous research conducted on the effectiveness of basic life support skills courses has reported that participants typically do not achieve correct performance of life support skills. We used a multiple baseline design across subjects to assess the effects of a classwide peer tutoring intervention on the correct cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills of ten physical education majors. The classwide peer tutoring intervention consisted of (a) a checklist, (b) a prompting procedure, and (c) immediate feedback on performance. Procedural fidelity measures were taken on the correct implementation of the basic life supports skill course and on the implementation of the classwide peer tutoring intervention. Results indicated that students achieved and maintained 100% correct performance during the classwide per tuition condition. These results challenge the current polices of the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association who have reduced course performance criteria because participants were not achieving an adequate standard of performance.

Key words

peer tutoring cardiopulmonary resuscitation physical education procedural fidelity 

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Phillip Ward
    • 1
  • Marie C. Ward
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Health and Human PerformanceUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln

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