Centralisation: placing Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) within the wider work of learning developers

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Abstract

This article investigated whether a centralised PASS system, run in partnership between academic leads (ALs) and Learning Developers (LDs), might be supported by staff and students currently involved in PASS (N=10) within a Higher Education Institution (HEI). The study interviewed staff from the humanities, physical science, medical science and the arts. Findings revealed that all participants were in favour of some form of centralisation. Centralised training of PASS mentors, advertising and quality control received the strongest support. Based on these findings, the article argues that if LDs work closely with ALs, centralisation is a viable solution to common challenges to PASS such as low attendance, misconceptions about PASS, administrative costs and scheme maintenance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
Journal Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education
Volume21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2021

Keywords

  • Peer Assisted Study Sessions
  • Peer assisted learning
  • Learning developers
  • Supplemental instruction

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