Peer assisted learning: A framework for consultation

Keith J. Topping, Stewart W. Ehly

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    In this article we explore ways in which the development of peer assisted learning (PAL) interventions can enhance the work of educational and psychological consultants. The range and scope of PAL strategies are reviewed, although the main focus is on simpler methods that are relatively easy and swift to implement. Organizational dimensions on which PAL interventions can vary are then explicated. Essential practical elements in the successful organization of local PAL programs are discussed. A model is provided of the routes and channels through which PAL strategies have their effects. This conceptual framework should help consultants illuminate the relevance of PAL to particular local needs, and promote the development of PAL into forms adding most educational value. Ways in which this framework might be applied in practice are explored. The interested reader is referred to more detailed sources and resources.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)113-132
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal of Educational and Psychological Consultation
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2001


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