Peer learning is a method of education that encourages cooperation and teamwork in the pursuit of knowledge. Without the help of an instructor, it is the students who must provide an answer to a problem using a concept and other knowledge. Each learner shares and receives knowledge in equal measure. Each student collaborates with the others to solve a particular challenge. Then, all teammates share any individual abilities they have acquired either before or during the teamwork. Also known as “horizontal” learning, this type of learning does not involve a teacher; although, if one is present, he can offer assistance to the students as they go along.
Advantages of Peer Learning
- Peer learning has the benefit of allowing students to concentrate on comprehension rather than problem-solving. This fosters a sense of cooperation and collaboration among students, increasing their effectiveness.
- The act of sharing his response encourages the learner to think more deeply; to assist his other students, he will make an effort to provide an elaborate response.
- The learner will experience many approaches to solving a problem and be better prepared to recover if he were to encounter this situation by discussing his reaction with his teammates.
- One of the major advantages of peer learning is feedback from coworkers since it is fully individualised and tailored to the team’s working environment; the solution adapts to everyone’s needs.