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ERIC Number: EJ1055719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1836-4306
Shifting the Balance in First-Year Learning Support: From Staff Instruction to Peer-Learning Primacy
van der Meer, Jacques; Scott, Carole
Australasian Journal of Peer Learning, v1 Article 9 p70-79 2008
Effective response to the learning needs of first-year students is a contested issue. In many learning support centres the dominant approach to developing student learning skills is through generic or tailored workshops and/or individual consultations. Although there is a place for these activities, we argue that the balance should be shifted towards a greater emphasis on developing peer-learning activities across the university. The educational advantage of peer learning is well-established. Where resources are limited, it may be a more effective way to develop student learning in large institutions. In this article we will explore the broad context of peer-learning in the context of the role of student learning support centres. We will focus in particular on the developing activities within our own institution.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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