Introducing peer-supported learning approach to tutoring in engineering and technology courses

Mahdi, Abdulhussain E. (2006) Introducing peer-supported learning approach to tutoring in engineering and technology courses. International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education, 43 (4). pp. 277-563. ISSN 00207209


An innovative, non-traditional tutoring programme based on collaborative and peer-support learning is described, and a reflection on two years of its implementation to specific subjects in electronic engineering and ICT-based courses at the University of Limerick is presented. The programme, known as Peer-Supported Learning Groups (PSLG), is an academic enrichment scheme, which has been developed by adapting the American SI model such that it meets the needs of students in Ireland and fits into the Irish third-level education system. This paper begins by giving a rationale for the introduction of the PSLG to the targeted subjects, followed by descriptions of the operational structure of the programme highlighting the difficulties encountered at the initial stages and the measures taken to alleviate these difficulties. Quantitative measures for evaluating the effect of the PSLG on students' performance, as well as analysis of feedback collected from the students and the leaders, are presented and discussed. The paper concludes by outlining issues for improving the current programme and associated further developments. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education is the property of Manchester University Press and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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