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Introducing peer-supported learning approach to tutoring in engineering and technology courses
Mahdi, Abdulhussain E.
An innovative, non-traditional tutoring programme based on collaborative and peer-support learning is described, and a reflection on two years of its implementation to specific subjects in electronic engineering and ICT-based courses at the University of Limerick is presented. The programme, known as Peer-Supported Learning Groups (PSLG), is an academic enrichment scheme, which has been developed by adapting the American Sl model such that it meets the needs of students in Ireland and fits into the Irish third-level education system. This paper begins by giving a rationale for the introduction of the PSLG to the targeted subjects, followed by descriptions of the operational structure of the programme highlighting the difficulties encountered at the initial stages and the measures taken to alleviate these difficulties. Quantitative measures for evaluating the effect of the PSLG on students' performance, as well as analysis of feedback collected from the students and the leaders, are presented and discussed. The paper concludes by outlining issues for improving the current programme and associated further developments. accepted peer-reviewed
Keyword(s): collaborative learning; peer tutoring; student-centred learning; study skills development
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Institution: University of Limerick
Citation(s): International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education;43 (4), pp. 277-287
Publisher(s): Manchester University Press
First Indexed: 2014-10-30 05:25:12 Last Updated: 2018-07-29 06:39:30