Peer journeys : building graduate capabilities for life long learning

Menzies, Victoria, Weatherill, Pamela, Nelson, Karen J., & Creagh, Tracy A. (2013) Peer journeys : building graduate capabilities for life long learning. In 16th International First Year in Higher Education Conference (FYHE 13), 7-10 July 2013, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand.

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Students experience university as peers. Peer-to-peer interaction offers unique opportunities for fostering the academic, social and emotional wellbeing of students (Kuh, 2008). Peer programs provide a formalisation of this relationship enabling students to partake both as peer leaders and program participants. The success of such programs is reliant on the university having a reserve of motivated and trained peer leaders. From their initial experience of peer programs as participants in first year and their ongoing involvement as peer leaders, students grow their graduate capabilities and employability skills through scaffolded peer leadership and training opportunities. Universities aspire to produce graduates who are inspirational leaders, effective collaborators and competent professionals ready to participate in the global community (DEEWR, 2012; Shook & Keup, 2012). This poster describes a model which scaffolds the development of peer leaders’ graduate capabilities using a university-wide supporting framework to grow a range of peer-to-peer initiatives across a variety of coordinated peer programs underpinned by a social justice framework (Gidley, Hampson, Wheller & Bereded-Samuel, 2010; Nelson & Creagh, 2012).

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ID Code: 60843
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
Refereed: No
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Keywords: leadership, peer programs, peer mentoring, HERN, lifelong learning, graduate capabilities
ISBN: 9780646906157
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The authors.
Deposited On: 19 Jun 2013 01:03
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015 06:03

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