Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Improving the benefits of cross-age peer tutoring is explored in this capstone project. This is important because students will be more successful in school if they receive extra support with the subjects they are struggling with. An evidenced based argument is offered that an effective cross-age peer tutoring program will help to promote a positive school environment for students to thrive in. The three stakeholder perspectives examined were elementary school teachers and a principal because they participate in a cross-age peer tutoring program. Three themes emerged from an analysis of the interview data, training the tutors, organizing and planning the lessons, and scheduling time for both training and planning. These themes were explored as ways to address the issue presented. Training is argued to be the most effective way to achieve the goals of a successful cross-age peer tutoring program. Based on the evidence, action was taken to train cross-age peer tutors.