The Benefits of Peer Collaboration: A Replication with a Delayed Posttest. Academic Article uri icon


  • The benefits of peer collaboration on strategy use, metacognitive causal attribution, and recall were supported in an earlier study (Manion & Alexander, 1997). Following that study two primary questions remained: Would the observed benefits last beyond an immediate posttest, and would they last regardless of which strategy the children chose to use? The current investigation explores those questions. Thirty-one fourth-grade students from two public schools in Sydney, Australia, experienced either a peer-collaborative treatment condition or an individual task (control condition). A posttest was conducted 5.5 weeks later. As was the case in the original study, children in the treatment condition outperformed children in the control condition in strategy use, metacognitive understanding of strategy chosen, and recall gain. Benefits also sustained regardless of the strategy children chose to implement on the task. Most importantly, the benefits lasted after a period of over a month. Implications for future research are discussed. Copyright 2001 Academic Press.

published proceedings

  • Contemp Educ Psychol

author list (cited authors)

  • Fleming, V. M., & Alexander, J. M.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Fleming, Victoria Manion||Alexander, Joyce M

publication date

  • January 1, 2001 11:11 AM