So why bother with peer to peer learning? The team working on Share to Know have a diverse range of backgrounds and interests that span the Arts, youth and community work, psychology, management, design and human rights. What we share is a belief that creating informal and mutual learning opportunities is an essential part of ensuring that all young people are able to pursue the employment or vocation that builds on their strengths, and encourages them to grow – no matter what their background is. We asked our team to describe what they think is the biggest benefit of peer to peer learning. You can read some of the responses below, and of course add your own thoughts and comments.
“I feel that the biggest benefits comes from the relationships involved in peer learning. In the context of The U, people are constantly fluctuating between being the learner and being the one sharing their expertise. Through this they are building their own confidence as well as gaining knew knowledge. This dynamic creates a sense of solidarity with one another and a real sense of shared accomplishment“
“The biggest benefit is that everyone can perform it“
“Peer-to-peer education can break down traditional preconceptions about who has valuable information, skills or experience that is worth sharing. It values the insights and experience that we all have, but also recognises that these have been shaped by our identities and the communities we belong to. In this way, peer-to-peer education challenges the teacher/learner power dynamic that exists in traditional education environments, and can open up opportunities for learning that is more collaborative and holistic. I think that peer-to-peer education also has the potential to offer a more meaningful learning experience because it is based on relatability and mutual exchange“
“Engagement, especially for people who may have had a difficult experience of traditional education. This style of learning builds learners confidence in their own knowledge. I think peer to peer approaches mean these learners are more likely to stay involved in the learning and therefore experience the satisfaction of competence, which means they are more likely to try out other types of learning too”