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ERIC Number: EJ824438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Using Student Mentors in an Introductory World History Class
Lang, Kate
History Teacher, v34 n3 p361-372 May 2001
The author began using student assistants when she arrived at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Eau Claire in the fall of 1996. As a new faculty member, she found herself with a heavy teaching load and no graduate assistant. She observed that some of her colleagues employed undergraduate history majors as tutors for their introductory classes, and she surmised that if she brought tutors into the classroom they could help her guide small group discussions as well as generate and grade assignments. She believed this would make her load easier, and she recruited her first tutor. She discovered quickly that she had been wrong. Supervising her tutor was a far bigger job than she had anticipated. If anything, the first semester she worked with a tutor her load seemed much heavier. However, she observed that her students responded enthusiastically to having a tutor in class. They were having fun and they were learning. She continued to recruit tutors each semester and to define their role in her classes more clearly. She renamed them "student mentors" when UW-Eau Claire began its Freshman Year Experience program to be consistent with the language that program used. When the author was named a Wisconsin Teaching Fellow for 1999-2000, she set out in an organized way to study what impact, if any, the use of student mentors in a world history classroom had on teaching and learning. This article is a report on her close study of one class and a general discussion on how she uses student mentors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin