Cross-level Peer Mentoring

Posted on October 20, 2011

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Author:  Sanjay Goel, http://in.linkedin.com/in/sgoel

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Abstract:  With increasing demand for engineering education in India, the class size has become larger, and it continues to increase. Universities and colleges are finding it increasingly difficult to build enough faculty capacity to provide a long term individual attention to all students. A few hours of weekly engagement of senior students in mentoring junior students can greatly supplement faculty efforts to enhance the technical competence of a much larger number of junior students. This paper describes our experiment with cross peer mentoring for the last six years, and makes a case for introducing it as a conscious student teaching/learning strategy in the engineering curricula across the country. The paper also argues that cross-level curricular peer mentoring has multi-dimensional effects on mentees as well as mentors. Instead of viewing it as a strategy to partially overcome faculty shortage for junior level courses, it should be viewed as a necessary educational experience for seniors that helps them enhance several of their own competencies.

The full paper is available at  http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/detail?accno=ED524205

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