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‘Shadow module leaders’ - student experiences as peer teachers and facilitators of peer-assisted learning

Rutherford, Stephen, Limorenko, Galina and Amici-Dargan, Sheila 2017. ‘Shadow module leaders’ - student experiences as peer teachers and facilitators of peer-assisted learning. Presented at: Ireland International Conference on Education, Dublin, Ireland, 24-26 Apr 2017.

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Peer-assisted learning is a powerful pedagogy that benefits both the student tutor and the student being instructed. In student-focused and student-led ‘Shadow Modules’, students work collaboratively on supplementing and supporting their learning, in collaborative sessions organized or taught by a fellow student ‘Shadow Module Leader’ (SML). The SML either structures collaborative learning sessions, or actively teaches fellow students. This study aims to investigate the motivations, experiences and insights of SMLs. 6 SMLs kept reflective logs of their experiences running Shadow Modules. These reflective logs were analysed qualitatively, and questions identified for semi-structured intensive interviews with 4 SMLs. Preliminary findings suggest that SMLs find peer-teaching to be empowering and beneficial to their own development. But SMLs also exhibit concern over their own potential limitations, and frustration at limited student engagement. SMLs were universally positive overall about peer-teaching.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 June 2017
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2020 01:50

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