Learning Together: Peer Tutoring in Higher Education by Nancy Falchikov

By Nancy Falchikov

The variety of scholars in better schooling has elevated dramatically in recent times, yet investment has now not stored velocity with this progress. the result's much less touch time for academics and their scholars, and corresponding concerns approximately how the standard of educating and studying should be enhanced. Peer tutoring is one process that is becoming in attractiveness, and has already proved winning in a few international locations. This booklet offers an advent to the tools and perform of peer tutoring targeting the right way to manage schemes and the way to deal with universal difficulties. It discusses the idea at the back of this way of studying and the important results linked to it. Summaries are integrated on the finish of every bankruptcy.

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These techniques are: ● ● ● ● Collaborative writing, peer criticism and peer review; Paired annotations; Peer editing; Peer response groups. Collaborative writing, peer criticism and peer review The development of writing is a major concern to many teachers, not least of all to those of creative writing. However, all academic endeavour involves writing: laboratory reports, business plans, subject specific essays, reports of statistical testing, to name but a few examples. Millis and Cottell (1998: 120) have argued that ‘writing and thinking cannot be separated’.

Students in the peer monitoring group recorded higher levels of interest in the subject matter and greater liking for the course than control subjects. Applications Applications of this technique are potentially very wide, provided that student support for the group contingency procedure is obtained. In my experience, this may be problematic in the current educational climate. Derived from Fraser et al. (1977) Think-pair-share In this system, pairs of students discuss their individual responses to a question posed by the teacher (or, sometimes, to a question from another student).

The three-step interview can act as a simple icebreaker, while think-pair-share is useful in helping students participate in tutorial discussions. Several examples within this category may be familiar to readers. All are uncomplicated and easily applied. 10 Learning together Co-operative note-taking pairs In this simple but effective paired learning technique, students are assigned to pairs to compare notes they have taken after a lecture or after reading and making notes from a textual source.

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