Promoting Engagement, Understanding and Critical Awareness

Tapping the potential of peer-to-peer student-centered learning experiences in the humanities and beyond

Authored by: Liz Dawes Duraisingh

The Routledge International Handbook of Student-Centered Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Print publication date:  July  2020
Online publication date:  July  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367200527
eBook ISBN: 9780429259371
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This chapter draws from a design-based research study involving pre-collegiate students: an innovative curriculum and online learning community that leveraged a social media-type format to foster thoughtful intercultural inquiry and exchange around the topic of human migration. The study suggests that carefully designed peer-to-peer student-centered learning experiences can stimulate curiosity and engagement among learners; help promote nuanced understanding of a phenomenon; and support learners to develop critical awareness of their own positions and perspectives, as well as the constructed and contingent nature of knowledge. The case is made that these kinds of learning experiences can help college-age students develop skills, insights, and sensitivities that are particularly important in the contemporary context and which can enhance their overall intellectual and personal development.

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