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Supplemental Instruction In Introductory Economics: An Evaluation Of The University Of New England’s Peer Assisted Study Scheme (Pass)

Worthington, Andrew C., Hansen, Jens, Nightingale, John, & Vine, Ken (1997) Supplemental Instruction In Introductory Economics: An Evaluation Of The University Of New England’s Peer Assisted Study Scheme (Pass). Australian Economic Papers, Special I, pp. 69-80.

Abstract

Peer teaching, a process in which students perform one or more of the functions normally undertaken by a teacher, has recently received some attention as an alternative to traditional university teaching. Whilst the techniques and tenets of peer teaching are neither new nor novel, attempts to institutionalise the peer teaching process are. Usually such approaches are ensconced within the attempts of Australian universities to move towards a more responsive and accountable stance within a total quality management framework. More particularly, where subjects such as introductory economics are characterised by low levels of student satisfaction, retention rates and participation, formalised peer teaching would appear to offer discernible benefits at a comparatively low cost. The present study analyses the impact of peer teaching, notably the Peer Assisted Study Scheme (PASS) at the University of New England. Section II provides a brief review of the context, types and processes of peer teaching within higher education, and the particular characteristics of introductory economics that make it amenable to this form of instruction. Models and hypotheses for the evaluation of the program are discussed in Section III, followed by the analysis of the results in Section IV. The paper ends with some brief concluding remarks in Section V.

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ID Code: 2710
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Peer Assisted Study Scheme (PASS), introductory economics, peer teaching
ISSN: 0004-900X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1997 Blackwell Publishing
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink http://www.springerlink.com
Deposited On: 25 Nov 2005
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 23:26

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