Peer learning is on the rise!
1. Powerful theoretical underpinning
Ref: Judith Harris’s wonderful The Nurture Assumption, for which she received the George Miller Medal in psychology.
In a deep look at the data she found something surprising: that 50% was genetic, just a few per cent parents and a whopping 47% peer group.
2. Massively scalable
Peer learning may actually be better with large classes
3. Learning by teaching is probably the most powerful way to learn
Peer learning involves high-order, deep-processing activity. The teacher may actually gain more than the learner.
4. Encourages critical thinking
5. Group bonding a side effect
6. Dramatic drops in drop-out rates
7. Higher attainment