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ERIC Number: EJ1059993
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2200-2359
Academic Skills Rovers: A Just in Time Peer Support Initiative for Academic Skills and Literacy Development
Copeman, Peter; Keightley, Polly
Journal of Peer Learning, v7 Article 3 p1-22 2014
In 2013 the University of Canberra (UC) initiated a program of peer-assisted academic skills help, the Academic Skills Rovers program, with the goal of providing drop-in peer learning support to students at campus locations where they congregate to study. The Academic Skills Rovers were initially recruited from the teacher education discipline, but the pool was subsequently extended to include students with high-level literacy skills from other fields. The program has proven to be a successful addition to the scope of learning development support offered at UC, as measured by a rapid increase in the number and reach of consultations, enthusiastic evaluations by students, and the positive experiences of the Rovers themselves. This article outlines and analyses the features of the program to provide a road map for other institutions contemplating the introduction of a similar service and proposes possible further directions for the future. [This program was pioneered by the following Academic Skills Rovers: Sarah Crawford, Lucy Ellen, Reuben Fox, Tania Hadlow, Kimberley Hall, Sharee Hodge, Katherine Kemp, Jayde Kominiarski, Alidia Lee, Kirra Lehman, Lisa Parsonage, Kentaro Takagi, and Rebecca Tedeschi.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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