Research into first-year students entering higher education shows that student integration into the academic community is a primary condition for student success. Peer support helps students settle into university life. This research explores the value of peer assisted learning (PAL) as a tool in an out-of-classroom context to increase the social and academic integration of first-year university students. Focus group interviews (n=16) were conducted with first-year students (n=93). Using appreciative inquiry, as an innovative qualitative, participative research method, participants suggested that during the first semester of the academic year, peer mentoring and peer modelling especially are important tools. Informally organised peer tutoring stimulates students to participate and is shown to be helpful. This paper aims to prompt further discussion on the implications for practice, policy and future research of peer assisted learning programmes for student integration.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)1-28
Aantal pagina's28
TijdschriftJournal of Learning Development in Higher Education
Nummer van het tijdschriftSpecial Edition: Academic Peer Learning
StatusPublished - nov 2015


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