2021 Postsecondary Peer Cooperative Learning Programs: Annotated Bibliography

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2021 Postsecondary Peer Cooperative Learning Programs: Annotated Bibliography

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This annotated bibliography does not attempt to be inclusive of this broad field of literature concerning peer collaborative learning. Instead, it is focused intentionally on a subset of the educational practice that shares a common focus with increasing student persistence towards graduation. At the end of this overview, several suggestions are made for differentiating the models from each other and the level of institutional resources and resolve with implementing them. The seven student peer learning programs included in this bibliography meet the following characteristics: (a) implemented at the postsecondary or tertiary level; (b) clear set of systematic procedures for its implementation that could be replicated by another institution; (c) program evaluation studies have been conducted and are available for review; (d) intentionally embeds learning strategy practice along with review of the academic content material; (e) outcomes include increased content knowledge, higher final course grades, higher pass rates, and higher college persistence rates; and (f) the program has been replicated at another institution with similar positive student outcomes. From a review of the professional literature, six programs emerged: (a) Accelerated Learning Groups (ALGs), (b) Emerging Scholars Program (ESP), (c) Peer Assisted Learning (PAL), (d) Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL), (e) Structured Learning Assistance (SLA), (f) Supplemental Instruction-PASS (SI-PASS), and (g) Video-based Supplemental Instruction (VSI). As will be described in the following narrative, some of the programs share common history and seek to improve upon previous practices. Other programs were developed independently.


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Arendale, D. R. (compioer/editor). (2021). 2021 Postsecondary peer cooperative learning programs: Annotated bibliography. Unpublished manuscript, University of Minnesota, College of Education and Human Development, Curriculum & Instruction Department. Doi: 10.13140/RG.2.2.32506.77763 Available from https://z.umn.edu/peerbib

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Arendale, David R. (2021). 2021 Postsecondary Peer Cooperative Learning Programs: Annotated Bibliography. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, 10.13140/RG.2.2.32506.77763.

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