Practices to enhance peer program implementation integrity to safeguard peer leaders and learners

Menzies, Victoria, Tredinnick, Jennifer, & Van Ryt, Cherry (2015) Practices to enhance peer program implementation integrity to safeguard peer leaders and learners. In Students Transitions Achievement Retention & Success, 1-4 July 2015, Crown Convention Centre, Melbourne, Vic.


The powerful influence of peers on fellow students’ learning engagement and their ability to foster self-efficacy is well recognised. A positive learner mindset can be fostered through establishment of guided meaningful relationships formed between peers. Recognising the value of peer connections in shaping the student learning experience, peer programs have been widely adopted by universities as a mechanism to facilitate these connections. While potentially beneficial, a lack of knowledge and inexperience by program implementers can lead to program outcomes being compromised. To mitigate this risk, QUT has established university wide systems and benchmarks for enacting peer programs. These measures aim to promote program implementation integrity by supporting and developing the knowledge and capabilities of peer leaders and program coordinators. This paper describes a range of measures that have been instigated to optimise the quality of programs and ensure outcomes are mutually constructive and beneficial for all stakeholders.

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ID Code: 84982
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Peer Leader, Peer Programs, Mentoring, Peer program implementation, Training, Volunteers, HERN
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 [Please consult the author]
Deposited On: 24 Jun 2015 22:24
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2015 16:54

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