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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.
focuses on establishing learning partnerships to help employees succeed
in their current job and develop transferable skills for the future.
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.
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
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