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A review of the Peer Assisted Learning Programme in UCD Access Centre

Egan, Arlene and Murphy, Jennifer (2011) A review of the Peer Assisted Learning Programme in UCD Access Centre. In: 13th Conference of the Confederation of Student Services in Ireland: "Supporting Students in Transition". Post Proceedings. Confederation of Student Services in Ireland, Dublin, pp. 27-36.

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The transition from second-level into third-level is a trying time for learners. Apart from learning how to manage a new environment, managing autonomous learning can be one
of the greatest challenges for the incoming learner. For a learner part of knowing how to become an effective learner at third-level is knowing who to ask for help and guidance
when a problem has surfaced. International literature has supported the notion that often learners, especially first-year learners, do not feel comfortable enough to approach a lecturer to ask for help and research findings suggest that typically learners will either not seek help with an academic issue or will ask friends and/or family for their advice. One approach used to support learners in first year and to help them to manage their overall experience is to offer a Peer Assisted Learning programme. The benefits of this type of intervention have been reported to positively impact learners both socially and
academically in first year. There is also a body of literature which suggests that the academic experience of the Peer Leader can also be positively impacted. This paper
discusses a number of findings deriving from a review of learners’ and leaders’ perceptions of the Peer Assisted Learning pilot being run in UCD by UCD Access Centre
for a random selection of New ERA learners.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: School of Business > Staff Research and Publications
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2014 13:34
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 09:07

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