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ERIC Number: EJ1117728
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0894-3907
Peer Study Groups as Catalyst for Vocational Exploration
Arendale, David R.; Hane, Amanda R.
Journal of Developmental Education, v39 n2 p2-4, 6, 8, 10-11, 26-27 Win 2016
Postsecondary peer assisted learning programs often cite improving academic achievement for students. This qualitative study investigated the potential effect of serving as student facilitators of a peer study group on their future vocation. This was a replication of previous studies of personal and professional outcomes for study group facilitators. Findings of this study suggest the facilitator experience strongly influenced facilitators' interest in careers, especially related to the teaching profession. This study explores why these programs generate these outcomes through linking leading theories to the research outcomes. Peer study group programs present a cocurricular experience that could be more powerful if it was intentional for professional development outcomes of the student facilitators and participants. With the highly competitive job market for today's college graduates, institutions must use every opportunity to increase job readiness skills of its graduates.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
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