Teach to learn
Posted March 14, 2016on:
I thought I should post this to remind myself (and interested others) why it is important for students to teach.
Peer or reciprocal teaching is one of the three dimensions of my flipped learning model. I developed this model in 2013. Here is a slide I shared at a conference in 2015.
Last year, I revisited why it is important for learners to teach. To sum the ideas up, they were that peer teaching:
- requires the learner to recall, process, and reprocess information
- brings order to the messiness of learning
- allows learners to use language and examples they relate to
- is a direct, purposeful experience that makes the abstract more concrete
For these applied concepts and more, read two seminal articles on the importance of teaching to learn.
Palincsar, A., & Brown, A. (1984). Reciprocal teaching of comprehension-fostering and comprehension-monitoring activities. Cognition and Instruction, 1, 117-175. [download]
Whitman, N.A. & Fife, J.D. (1988). Peer Teaching: To Teach Is To Learn Twice. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report No. 4. [download]