Visualized and Peer-Assisted Learning Embedded in Biomedical Sciences and Respiration System (Published 2013)
Apr 06, 2016
Rukmini, E., and Linarto, R.
A study looking into visualized and peer-assisted learning (VPAL).
The aim of the study was to pilot a visualized & peer-assisted learning (VPAL) combined with a station-based learning (SBL) within the Biomedical Sciences (BMS 3) block as well as a VPAL using the same batch peer-tutors (PT) in the Respiration System block. The project was recorded based on the students’ peer-tutors’, and faculty members’ perspectives on the effectiveness of the learning approaches. Data were collected from both quantitative and qualitative methods. Surveys on situational interest were administered during the VPAL in both of the blocks.
Although this paper is quite complicated and needs several reads through to understand, I think it does have several messages within it.
a) Peer assisted learning ( PAL) does have a place in the curriculum and can assist in times of poor faculty resource and an over crowded curriculum
b) Students appear to appreciate, both as recipients and providers
c) It does have a positive learning effect upon the students and can be inserted within a standard curriculum
The paper is very very diffficult to read and to understand. The only message I got out of the paper was that peer-assisted learning is appreciateed by students.