A multi-sensory tutoring program for students atrisk of reading difficulties: Evidence from a randomized field experiment

Although reading is a fundamental skill, many students leave school without being proficient readers. We examine a literacy program targeting students most at-risk of reading difficulties in kindergarten and first grade. The program includes multi-sensory learning methods, which focus on phonological awareness and phonics and are delivered in a one-to-one or one-to-two tutoring setting. Using a randomized field experiment with 161 students in 12 Swedish schools, we find large positive effects on our two primary outcomes measures: a standardized test of decoding and a standardized test of letter knowledge. We also find positive effects on measures of phonological awareness and self-efficacy and small and statistically insignificant effects on measures of enjoyment and motivation. The program compares favorably to similar programs in terms of cost-effectiveness.
Authors citation
Bøg, M., Dietrichson, J., & Aldenius, A.
Publication
Working Paper
Year of Study
2019
Subject
Literacy
Program Evaluated
Literacyeracy program
Tutor Type
Teacher
Duration
9 weeks
Sample size
156
Grade Level(s)
Kindergarten,
1st Grade
Student-Tutor Ratio
1.5
Effect Size
0.85
Study Design
Randomized Controlled Trial
Full citation
Bøg, M., Dietrichson, J., & Aldenius, A. (2019). A multi-sensory tutoring program for students atrisk of reading difficulties: Evidence from a randomized field experiment (No. 2019: 7). Working Paper