The number of students in higher education has expanded dramatically in recent years, but funding has not kept pace with this growth. The result is less contact time for lecturers and their students, and corresponding worries about how the quality of teaching and learning can be improved. Peer tutoring is one method which is growing in popularity, and has already proved successful in a number of countries. This book provides an introduction to the methods and practice of peer tutoring focusing on how to set up schemes and how to cope with common problems. It discusses the theory behind this form of learning and the beneficial effects associated with it. Summaries are included at the end of each chapter.
Nancy Falchikov is an Education consultant at Napier University, Edinburgh. She has worked as a teacher in Higher Education for many years, and has been researching ways of improving learning and teaching since the mid 1980s.
Introduction; 1. What is peer tutoring? 2. Beneficial effects: why teachers use peer tutoring; 3. Theoretical frameworks for peer tutoring; 4. How theory can inform practice; 5. Planning and promoting peer tutoring; 6. Helping students become peer tutors; 7. Evaluation of peer tutoring schemes; 8. Problems associated with peer tutoring; 9. Technology-supported collaborative learning; 10. Benefiting from hindsight: practitioners reflect on peer tutoring; 11. Reflections and prospects