Peer facilitation and how it contributes to the development

Ashwin, Paul (2003) Peer facilitation and how it contributes to the development. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 8 (1). pp. 5-18. ISSN 1359-6748

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Peer learning involves a new role for the students who facilitate the learning of other students. The role of the peer facilitator, which is focused on learning through supporting the learning of other students, would appear to be more social than the traditional role of learner, which is focused on self-learning. This research used repertory grids to investigate whether taking on the more social role of the peer facilitator was related to changes in what students perceived as important in teaching and in learning. Initially, all students saw constructs relating to expectations of the self as more important in learning than those relating to interaction with others. However, in a later repertory grid, the students who acted as peer facilitators saw interaction with others as a more important element of their learning. There was no comparable change in the perceptions of what was important in learning amongst students who were not involved in peer learning or in the perceptions of what was important in teaching amongst all students. These findings are explained with reference to recent developments in the student-learning literature. Their implications are explored both in terms of helping students to develop a greater understanding of their roles as learners and in offering an additional dimension with which to explore students' learning

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Research in Post-Compulsory Education
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3304
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
ID Code: 65717
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 16 Jul 2013 09:23
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2019 00:13

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