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ERIC Number: EJ816236
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1361-1267
Peer Tutoring and Social Dynamics in Higher Education
Colvin, Janet W.
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v15 n2 p165-181 May 2007
Peer tutoring in Higher Education is being used with increasing frequency to aid in student learning, motivation, and empowerment. Although an extensive body of research documents the efficacy of such programs, it exhibits a surprising lack of awareness of the social dynamics involved. This study focuses on peer tutors and students as they interact in higher education classrooms. Results indicate that this interaction does not always occur smoothly and that tutors often spend an inordinate amount of time engaged in impression management. Additionally, findings suggest that the tutor/student relationship can be rife with misunderstanding and power struggle. (Contains 1 table and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A