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ERIC Number: EJ791263
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
Student as Teacher: The Insiders' View of Peer Instruction
Boice-Pardee, Heath P.; Shirvanian, Daniel S.
About Campus, v9 n5 p23-26 Nov-Dec 2004
In 2000, Rutgers College launched a First-Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS) program that offers entering new students an opportunity to engage in conversations on topics of mutual interest (health and medicine, business, or law) as well as learn about how to navigate a large Research-I institution. Each student involved in FIGS enrolls in a seminar with an enrollment limit of twenty-two students. Modeled loosely after the FIGS program at the University of Washington, this elective one-credit course, graded credit/no-credit, is not taught by faculty or staff but by seasoned upper-division student leaders known as peer instructors. One of the most striking successes of the FIGS program at Rutgers College is the personal development of the peer instructors. In this article, the authors examine the selection and training of these peer instructors and share the students' perspectives on their experiences.
Jossey Bass. Available from John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774. Tel: 800-825-7550; Tel: 201-748-6645; Fax: 201-748-6021; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey