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Introducing Peer-Assisted Learning in First Year Accounting in Australia

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  • Rod O'Donnell

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    (Department of Economics, Macquarie University)

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Australian universities are giving increasing attention to peer-assisted learning (or supplemental instruction) as a means of meeting some of the demanding challenges that have arisen over the last fifteen years. At Macquarie University, Sydney, a two year (2003-04) trial has been conducted of this form of supplemental instruction in selected Accounting courses. This paper discusses the first stage of the trial in terms of its design, outcomes, benefits and costs, and lessons learned. Consistent with earlier studies, it is found that peerassisted learning is best approached as a flexible system capable of adaptation to the specificities of local teaching and learning environments.

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Paper provided by Macquarie University, Department of Economics in its series Research Papers with number 0412.

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Length: 13 pages.
Date of creation: Dec 2004
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Handle: RePEc:mac:wpaper:0412

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Keywords: Peer-assisted learning; supplemental instruction; at-risk students;

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