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Peer assisted learning and the creation of a “learning community” for first year law students

Zacharopoulou, A.; Turner, C.

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A. Zacharopoulou



Abstract

This paper will explore the impact of peer assisted learning on student transition and the creation of a “learning community” by way of a case study of first year law programmes at the University of Ulster. A review of first year law programmes was undertaken to identify whether student expectations were being met and how the first year experience could be enhanced. Students were clearly having difficulty making the transition to university and coping with the independent nature of a law degree. Findings led to the implementation of a peer support scheme for new first year law students in the form of Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) which were used to encourage students on the undergraduate LLB programmes at Ulster to support each other in their learning. The PASS scheme was evaluated and this paper highlights the value of peer support particularly in relation to the transition process and increasing student confidence in their subject.

Citation

Zacharopoulou, A., & Turner, C. (2013). Peer assisted learning and the creation of a “learning community” for first year law students. The Law Teacher, 47(2), 192-214. https://doi.org/10.1080/03069400.2013.790159

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 1, 2013
Deposit Date Jan 11, 2013
Publicly Available Date Nov 9, 2015
Journal Law Teacher
Print ISSN 0306-9400
Electronic ISSN 1943-0353
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 47
Issue 2
Pages 192-214
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/03069400.2013.790159

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