Institutional Management of Peer-Led Learning: A Framework for Holistic Integration

Jason Eyre


If we are to accept that peer-led learning (peer mentoring, peer tutoring and related approaches) are of benefit to students, how are we to approach the implementation of such approaches at the institutional level in a way that is resource efficient and effective? This paper presents the holistic framework for the institution-wide coordination and support of a wide variety of peer-led learning initiatives developed at De Montfort University. The framework presented sidesteps the thorny issues of categorisation that dominate the discourse of peer-led learning by devolving issues of definition to the site of implementation. A simplified typology is presented that characterises an initiative based on its level of formality and its overarching purpose with respect to transformational ââ¬Ëtransition pointsââ¬â¢ through the student lifecycle. This ââ¬Ëmixed economyââ¬â¢ approach accommodates highly idiosyncratic and locally-defined approaches to peer-led learning coordinated and supported by the universityââ¬â¢s learning development unit (the Centre for Learning and Study Support).



peer-led learning; peer mentoring; institutional management (higher education); disciplinarity

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ISSN: 1759-667X