Undergraduates Leading Undergraduates: Peer Facilitation in a Science Workshop Program

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This article presents the results of a study investigating the experiences of undergraduatesacting as peer leaders in an extensive peer-led team learning program in introductory undergraduate sciences and engineering courses. In an effort to understand the facilitator experience in the program better and to report initial findings on the benefits derived through a peer-facilitation experience, the study identified multiple areas in which peer facilitators reported experiences ofgrowth and the ways in which they understood and responded to this growth.

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Marina Micari, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, is Associate Researcher, Gateway Science Workshop Program, Northwestern University. Her interests include adult continuing education and cross-cultural communication. Bernhard Streitwieser, Ph.D. Columbia University, is Associate Director, Searle Center for Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University, and Lecturer, German Department, Northwestern University. His interests include comparative education and contemporary German society; European Education and systemic reform. Gregory Light, Ph.D., University of London, is Director, Searle Center for Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University. His interests include the theory and practice of learning and teaching in higher and professional education.

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Micari, M., Streitwieser, B. & Light, G. Undergraduates Leading Undergraduates: Peer Facilitation in a Science Workshop Program. Innov High Educ 30, 269 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10755-005-8348-y

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Keywords

  • higher education
  • small group learning
  • peer-led team learning
  • science education
  • minority achievement in higher education