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An overview of the benefits of peer mentoring for PASS leaders

Giles, Melanie, Zacharopoulou, Amanda and Condell, Joan (2016) An overview of the benefits of peer mentoring for PASS leaders. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, II . pp. 1-14. [Journal article]

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Abstract

PASS, which stands for Peer Assisted Study Sessions, is a long running and internationally renowned form of peer learning that involves trained higher year students (PASS leaders) working in pairs to facilitate regular study groups with students in the year below. Not only does it aim to widen participation by providing a support mechanism aimed at helping students stay in Higher Education but the use of PASS has been shown to enhance academic performance and promote the development of skills and attributes to strengthen employability. This is particularly the case for PASS leaders who are often described as the ‘real winners’ in the process. However, research in this area is limited. With this in mind, this paper sets out to describe the particular benefits of PASS for peer leaders and, in so doing, draws on some peer mentoring research, much of which has been conducted in an American and Australian context. As such, the paper should be of particular interest to those wishing to determine whether the various claims can be generalised to the PASS process, as it currently exists within the UK.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:peer mentoring; benefits; employability skills
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Intelligent Systems
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute > Intelligent Systems Research Centre
Computer Science Research Institute
Psychology Research Institute > Health, Education and Well-being
Psychology Research Institute
ID Code:37607
Deposited By: Mrs Amanda Zacharopoulou
Deposited On:02 May 2017 13:36
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:29

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