ERIC Number: ED287535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
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Peer-Teaching and the Utilization of Students as Laboratory Teaching Aids to Improve Class Performance.
Vasiliauskas, Jura B.
A study was conducted at the College of DuPage in Illinois to find out if peer-teaching and the utilization of students as laboratory aids could improve class performance, personalize instruction, and benefit the student. Two classes of highly motivated comparative anatomy students and two classes of less motivated second semester general biology students were involved in the experiment; one comparative anatomy class and one general biology class served as the experimental groups while the other two served as the controls. Both control groups were taught using the conventional method of laboratory instruction, involving a lecture-introduction and a demonstration on how to direct and to find the parts involved in the study, with the instructor providing individual help whenever possible. In addition, the experimental classes included direct peer involvement in teaching and learning of the assigned materials. For each class, a mean score and a standard deviation was computed for each individual unit examination, and students in experimental classes were asked to indicate their likes and dislikes of peer-teaching. Analyses of examination scores indicated that peer-teaching did not improve significantly the class performance of either group. However, student responses showed that the method gave greater insight into the subject and promoted fellowship among the classmates. (Author/UCM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University