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ERIC Number: ED567085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
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Structured Peer Mentoring: Enhancing Lifelong Learning in Pakistani Universities
Naseem, Nosheen Rachel
Bulgarian Comparative Education Society, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (10th, Kyustendil, Bulgaria, Jun 12-15, 2012)
Higher Education in developing countries is frequently restricted to students from privileged backgrounds, especially those from private secondary education. In Pakistan, access to Higher Education, while competitive, is more broadly based, with state universities particularly recruiting students from diverse backgrounds. Just as Widening Participation students in the UK face a challenge in adapting to the learning culture of universities, students in Pakistan face difficulties in taking the opportunities that university presents. In particular, the benefits of wider access and new ideas of peer-assisted learning are inhibited by a formal, hierarchical and teacher-centred university culture. With the primary aim of introducing peer mentoring as a support service for students in Pakistani universities, a social action research project has been undertaken to explore the impact of students' peer mentoring on the culture of learning, to see if students involved in mentoring effectively transform the learning culture of the institution and promote skills for lifelong learning. The possibility is raised that such schemes, introduced widely, could provide a lever for social change in Pakistan. A framework of structured peer mentoring was designed as a "light touch support mechanism" for students in two universities, and evaluated to measure the impact on students' learning and experience. Feedback showed beneficial impact in improved results, progression and retention and in improved peer support across diverse groups within the university. [For complete volume, see ED567040.]
Bulgarian Comparative Education Society. Blvd Shipchenski prohod 69 A, 1574 Sofia, Bulgaria. e-mail: info@bces-conference.org; Web site: http://www.bces-conference.org
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pakistan