‘Peer learning’ is a broad term which usually indicates a student-led initiative, coordinated by staff who train student peer leaders/ mentors/ buddies to facilitate (not teach!), empower and engage other students to study together in groups or pairs in a learning partnership.
The principles of peer learning are founded on similar techniques of collaborative and active learning, allied to constructivist theories whereby learning is situated in an interactive social context (Jacobs et al. 2008). Empowering students to take the lead in designing such co-operative and co-constructive learning activities enables creativity, critical thinking and active participation for all students, in a supportive environment.
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