Learning Circles: A Collaborative Technology-Mediated Peer-Teaching Workshop

Kevin Sullivan, Kevin Marshall, Brendan Tangney
Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice  •  Volume 14  •  2015  •  pp. 063-083
This research study explores peer teaching and learning without a domain expert teacher, within the context of an activity where teams of second level students (~16 years old) are required to create a learning experience for their peers. The study looks at how participants would like to be taught and how they would teach their peers if given the opportunity and examines the support they require, their motivation levels, and if they actually learn curriculum content using this approach.
An exploratory case study methodology was used, and the findings suggest that students want varied learning experiences that include many of the elements which would fall under the heading of 21st century learning, that with some support and encouragement they can create innovative learning experiences for their peers, and that they can learn curriculum content from the process.
Collaborative Learning, Technology, Teamwork, Peer learning, Peer teaching, Project-based, Bridge21
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