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ERIC Number: EJ876463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0965-948X
Peer Tutoring and the Study of Psychology: Tutoring Experience as a Learning Method
Rae, John; Baillie, Aubrey
Psychology Teaching Review, v11 n1 p53-63 2005
"Peer tutoring" refers to a variety of ways in which learning takes place through interaction with peers. This paper describes the development of a module (called Peer Assisted Learning and the Study of Psychology) through which third-year psychology undergraduates participate as peer tutors in a foundation-level module on study skills for psychology students. This third-year module was intended to enrich the experience of the students taking the study skills module and also to use peer tutoring as learning method for the third year students--this second aim is the focus of this paper. Firstly, we report on the design of this module, providing a brief review of some relevant literature and explaining how we chose to develop a module which includes peer tutoring experience alongside seminars on the psychology of adult learning and learning through participation. Secondly, we outline some issues which arose in the practical implementation of the module. Thirdly, we summarise our understanding of the peer tutors' experience by drawing on their participation in seminars and on the practice reports through which the module is assessed. Finally, we identify some issues raised by the module and key points which arose in implementing it. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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