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The Basic SI Model

Maureen Hurley, Glen Jacobs, Melinda Gilbert

Supplemental Instruction (SI) was developed by Dr. Deanna Martin in 1973 at the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) to increase the performance and retention of students in high-risk classes. SI is an academic support program that provides regularly scheduled out -of-class peer facilitated sessions that are open to all students in the course. The students attend the sessions on a voluntarily basis. SI leaders-the facilitators- are students who have demonstrated competence in this or a comparable course. The SI leaders attend all class sessions, take notes, read all assigned material, and conduct three or more fifty-minute SI sessions each week. They guide students in learning appropriate study strategies, such as note taking, graphic organization, questioning techniques, vocabulary acquisition, and test preparation, while also reviewing content material. The program also has an SI supervisor. The SI supervisor identifies the targeted courses, is responsible for gaining faculty support, selects and trains SI leaders, monitors SI sessions for quality, and evaluates the program (University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2005). From this model Chipola College has Chipola Supplemental Instruction (CSI).
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