The development of a structured "Peer Assisted Study Program" with required attendance

Karen Burke Da Silva, Zonnetje Auburn

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    Abstract

    Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are a variation of peer education specifically
    designed to enhance first year university students in courses that have an
    historically high failure or withdrawal rate. Traditionally, attendance at PASS
    has been voluntary and activities are generated by PASS leaders (second or third
    year undergraduate students). At Flinders University, PASS has been remodelled
    with the voluntary aspect removed and replaced with an attendance grade of 5%.
    In addition, structure has been developed in the program by providing
    educationally tested materials alleviating the need for leaders to design their own
    activities. This has led to standardisation of sessions, a reduction of stress for
    leaders and has ensured that activities focus on Threshold Concepts. The
    introduction of PASS into a first year biology course has had dramatic effects
    with respect to decreased failure and withdrawal rate (especially of male
    students) and not surprisingly, attendance is very high (85%).
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventFirst Year in Higher Education Conference 2009 -
    Duration: 29 Jun 20091 Jul 2009

    Conference

    ConferenceFirst Year in Higher Education Conference 2009
    Period29/06/091/07/09

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    Burke Da Silva, K., & Auburn, Z. (2009). The development of a structured "Peer Assisted Study Program" with required attendance. Paper presented at First Year in Higher Education Conference 2009, .