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The power of peers: approaches from writing and libraries

The power of peers: approaches from writing and libraries The purpose of this paper is to discuss different strategies for implementing peer teaching as well as different roles for peer teachers in both academic libraries and writing-intensive courses. It explores connections to critical pedagogy, sociocultural theory, open educational practices and high-impact practices.Design/methodology/approachThe methodology for implementing the three scenarios discussed in the paper differs widely. All approaches include some form of student feedback through focus groups, exit surveys or end-of-class assessments.FindingsIn both library and writing program settings, students have experience with and a favorable opinion of peer-assisted learning strategies.Practical implicationsThese case studies provide concrete examples of how to develop different types of peer teaching interventions. The cases also detail benefits as well as challenges to implementation.Social implicationsProviding opportunities for peers to lead through teaching others has the potential to boost an individual’s sense of confidence, leadership and improve their own learning, as well as give students’ experiences to build upon and apply to their everyday lives and future careers.Originality/valueWhile peer teaching is widely implemented in many disciplines, such as science, technology, engineering and medicine, its adoption in academic libraries has sometimes been viewed as controversial. This case study adds to the body of literature demonstrating that peer teaching is possible and desirable. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Reference Services Review Emerald Publishing

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Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
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0090-7324
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0090-7324
DOI
10.1108/rsr-03-2019-0020
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to discuss different strategies for implementing peer teaching as well as different roles for peer teachers in both academic libraries and writing-intensive courses. It explores connections to critical pedagogy, sociocultural theory, open educational practices and high-impact practices.Design/methodology/approachThe methodology for implementing the three scenarios discussed in the paper differs widely. All approaches include some form of student feedback through focus groups, exit surveys or end-of-class assessments.FindingsIn both library and writing program settings, students have experience with and a favorable opinion of peer-assisted learning strategies.Practical implicationsThese case studies provide concrete examples of how to develop different types of peer teaching interventions. The cases also detail benefits as well as challenges to implementation.Social implicationsProviding opportunities for peers to lead through teaching others has the potential to boost an individual’s sense of confidence, leadership and improve their own learning, as well as give students’ experiences to build upon and apply to their everyday lives and future careers.Originality/valueWhile peer teaching is widely implemented in many disciplines, such as science, technology, engineering and medicine, its adoption in academic libraries has sometimes been viewed as controversial. This case study adds to the body of literature demonstrating that peer teaching is possible and desirable.

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Reference Services ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 20, 2019

Keywords: Academic libraries; Case studies; Information literacy; Peer teaching; Peer learning; Writing programs

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