Peer Learning

By: CoachMatching (Pty) Ltd  06-02-2011
Keywords: Team Building, Business Coaching, Life Coach

Much of learning at work occurs through regular interaction with colleagues. One of the approaches to encouraging this type of development is peer learning. ‘Peer learning’ is a form of cooperative learning that enhances the value of colleague-colleague interaction and results in various advantageous learning outcomes.

This approach focuses on establishing learning partnerships to help employees succeed in their current job and develop transferable skills for the future.
Peer learning is used in organisations who wish to enhance their ROI on their training initiatives; ensure that learning is sustained after a coaching or training program; for more than just the C-level to experience the benefits of coaching; and to foster the sharing of experience between staff members.
To realise the benefits of peer learning, a facilitator is used to provide a framework and direction. A facilitator would select discussion topics that all involved in the peer learning groups are likely to have some relevant knowledge of. They also raise questions/issues that prompt learners towards more sophisticated levels of thinking. In addition, collaborative processes are devised to get all group members to participate meaningfully.

For effective peer learning, the facilitator ensures that the entire group experiences ‘positive interdependence’, face-to-face interaction, group processing, and individual and group accountability. ‘Positive interdependence’ emphasises the importance and uniqueness of each group member’s efforts while important cognitive activities and interpersonal dynamics are quietly at work.
As peers communicate with one another, they inevitably assume leadership roles, acquire conflict-managing skills, discuss and clarify concepts, and unravel the complexities of human relationships within a given context; this process enhances their learning outcomes.

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