The Art of Peer Teaching

Mirjam Neelen & Paul A. Kirschner

Back in 1988, Neal Whitman and Jonathan Fife wrote a solid report on peer teaching; an instructional approach in which learners take on a teacher’s role and explain the learning content to their peers.

They pointed out that we have known since the 1960s that peer teaching has a positive effect on learning for both the individuals in the peer teacher role as well as the peer learner role (in some situations we also see the terms tutor and tutee).

For the peer teacher, the advantage is that they are required to repeat and organise internally what they are planning to explain to the peer learner. Because of that process, they are able to gain a deeper understanding of the instructional content. The peer learners, on the other hand, benefit because what they need to learn is taught on a level…

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