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Peer Learning Leaders: developing employability through facilitating the learning of other students.

Ford, N., Thackeray, C., Barnes, P. and Hendrickx, K., 2015. Peer Learning Leaders: developing employability through facilitating the learning of other students. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, Nov.

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Employability is a key theme in higher education and attitudes towards its development have shifted from a focus on technical skills development to a broader focus on values, intellect, social engagement and performance contributing to graduate identity (Hager and Hodkinson, 2009). Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) and Language Conversation Clubs are both examples of student-led peer learning schemes at Bournemouth University (BU) and are reviewed to explore the development of students employed to lead and facilitate group learning sessions. Data from four annual evaluation surveys (n=239) is reviewed in addition to qualitative comments and reflective writing. Peer leaders were found to have developed employability attributes including: leadership, time management and organisation, communication and cultural awareness. Above all, peer leaders identified with developing confidence in their roles. Comments provided examples of student leaders who had actively selected peer learning as an opportunity to develop their confidence and were able to transfer this to other academic and employment contexts.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Special Edition: Academic Peer Learning
Uncontrolled Keywords:Peer Assisted Learning ; PAL ; Employability ; Graduate Attributes ; Graduate Identity ; Confidence
Group:Academic Services
ID Code:23009
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:14 Dec 2015 12:30
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:54

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