Learning Strategy: Peer Teaching


Peer teaching occurs when a peer or peers instruct other peers on material where there are clearly defined expert and learner roles. One peer or group of peers have been trained on a specific content and they share their knowledge with a peer or other peers. Peer teaching leverages the peer relationship in the learning process. Benefits of peer teaching include peer-teachers often develop a greater sense of self-efficacy through teaching (Bandura, 1993) and learners often hear information far more effectively from peers.

Learning strategies this strategy is confused with

Sample Models used at USD

  • Peer Student Success Coaches (CSS)
  • Campus Connections (CHWP)
  • Healthy Relationship Peer Educators

Resources for using this strategy

How Peer Teaching Improves Student Learning and 10 Ways to Encourage It. (June 7, 2013). Retrieved from http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/peer-teaching/ 


Bandura, A. (1993). Perceived self-efficacy in cognitive development and functioning. Educational Psychologist, 28(2).

Barkely, E., Cross, K., & Howell Major, C. (2005). Collaborative learning techniques: A handbook for college faculty. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Rev. 7/19/17

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