Peer-Led Team Learning

Peer-Led Team Learning : A Guidebook

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Peer-Led Team Learning is an innovative model in science education. Student-leaders (peers) guide the activities of small groups of students in weekly Workshop meetings. The students work through challenging problems that are designed to be solved cooperatively. The peer leaders are trained to ensure that the students are actively and productively engaged with the material and with the each other. This methodology offers a number of educational opportunities: the supportive format encourages questions and discussions that lead to conceptual understanding; students learn to work in teams and to communicate more effectively; peer leaders learn teaching and group management skills. Designed exclusively for instructors, this unique book explains the theory behind peer-led team learning, offers suggestions for successful implementation (including how to write effective group problems and how to train peer leaders), discusses how to evaluate the success of the program, and answers frequently asked questions.
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  • Paperback | 133 pages
  • 210.8 x 269.2 x 12.7mm | 340.2g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130288055
  • 9780130288059
  • 2,146,810

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The Workshop Project is a collaboration of teachers, learning specialists and students that develops and implements a Peer-Led Team Learning model of teaching science. Students who have done well in the course are selected and trained for leadership roles. These peer leaders guide the work of teams of 6-8 students to solve carefully structured problems in weekly Workshop sessions.
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Table of contents

1. The Peer-Led Team Learning Workshop Model. 2. The Students' Perspectives. 3. Writing Workshop Materials. 4. Workshop Leader Training. 5. Institutionalizing the Workshops. 6. Workshop Evaluation. 7. Vygotsky's Theories of Education: Theory Bases for Peer-Led Team Learning. 8. An Introduction to Theory and Research on Promoting Student Motivation and Autonomous Learning in College-Level Science. 9. The View from Industry. Appendix I: Group Methods for Workshops: Specific Practice. Appendix II: Workshop Leader Training: Specific Practice. Appendix III: Evaluation: Specific Practice.
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