RECIPROCAL TEACHING—A Research-Based Approach

The original reciprocal teaching model was developed by Palincsar and Brown (1984)*

“They found that when reciprocal teaching was used with a group of students for just 15 - 20 days, the students’ reading on a comprehension assessment increased from 30% - 80%. The students were also able to function more independently in the classroom, were able to summarise verbally, write contextually accurate summaries, predict questions and detect incongruities in texts. Not only did the students show these improvements in English and literature, they also improved their test scores in science and social studies on an average from 20% to 50% - 60%.”

Connectors Teachers' Resource Book, p54
*Palincsar, A.S. and Brown, A.L. (1984) ‘Reciprocal Teaching of Comprehension-Fostering and Comprehension-Monitoring Activities.’ Cognition and Instruction, 1, 117-175.