Integrating Undergraduate Peer Mentors into Liberal Arts Courses: A Pilot Study

Smith, Tania
June 2008
Innovative Higher Education;2008, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p49
Academic Journal
This article presents research and narratives on the integration of course-based peer learning assistants into seven courses. A new curricular peer mentoring program was piloted in the 2005�2006 academic year in an interdisciplinary liberal arts college at a large Canadian research university. Undergraduate students enrolled in a practicum course which supported their learning while they collaborated with the �host instructor� of the course in which they served as peer mentor. Assistants� roles varied and included individual tutoring, help via email, online discussion facilitation, small group facilitation, in-class presentation and discussion facilitation, and extracurricular study groups. Their integration into scheduled class activities resulted in participating students� perception of enhanced learning. Data included peer mentors� assignments, host instructor feedback, and student surveys.


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