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ERIC Number: EJ793450
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0742-5627
Integrating Undergraduate Peer Mentors into Liberal Arts Courses: A Pilot Study
Smith, Tania
Innovative Higher Education, v33 n1 p49-63 Jun 2008
This article presents research and narratives on the integration of course-based peer learning assistants into seven courses. A new curricular peer mentoring program was piloted in the 2005-2006 academic year in an interdisciplinary liberal arts college at a large Canadian research university. Undergraduate students enrolled in a practicum course which supported their learning while they collaborated with the "host instructor" of the course in which they served as peer mentor. Assistants' roles varied and included individual tutoring, help via email, online discussion facilitation, small group facilitation, in-class presentation and discussion facilitation, and extracurricular study groups. Their integration into scheduled class activities resulted in participating students' perception of enhanced learning. Data included peer mentors' assignments, host instructor feedback, and student surveys.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada