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7th International CONCEIVE DESIGN IMPLEMENT OPERATE Conference (CDIO2011)

Peer-learning – A concept for improving students’ knowledge in laboratory exercises
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Author:Jonas Hansson <jonhans@kth.se> (KTH (Royal Institute of Technology))
Peter Kolmskog <peterko@kth.se> (KTH (Royal Institute of Technology))
Ylva Odemark <ylva@mech.kth.se> (KTH (Royal Institute of Technology))
Anna-Karin Högfeldt <akhog@kth.se> (KTH (Royal Institute of Technology))
Date: 2011-06-20     Track: Main     Session: 1
DOI:10.4122/1.1000054652
DOI:10.4122/1.1000054653

A comparative study that was performed in a University level physics laboratory exercise. A reference group performed the exercise the traditional way. Another group, the peer-learning group, performed the exercise in a modified way to increase student to student interactions. The study was evaluated by three methods: a survey, a knowledge test and by an observer. The peer-learning group showed higher levels of satisfaction, performed better on the test and were more active in the classroom. We believe that student helping each other greatly influence a more authentic student performance which is essential to promote creativity and curiosity.