"It becomes cool to participate." Peer learning is on the rise! This has implications for change success including events like Open Space.
Here's several attributes that connect with social & peer learning from a helpful post by Donald Clark that I'm reposting within the context of change management resources.
Peer learning has:
1. Powerful theoretical underpinning
- Donald references Judith Harris’s "The Nurture Assumption," for which she received the George Miller Medal in psychology.
- He describes Ms. Harris' work on the psychology of learning as "brilliant (and shocking)"
- 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. That may also be transferable to Open Space and other community events like UnConferences and UnConventions (Pinterest board & blog post link.)
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.
His post also covers 6 more points including how peer learning:
- encourages critical thinking,
- has group bonding as a side effect
- dramatic decreases drop-out rates (DN: read, engagement)
- increases attainment of goals, ex: "It becomes cool to participate."
- You don’t actually need any tools to get started.
Read Donald Clark's full article here.