Students towards One-to-Five Peer Learning: A New Approach for Enhancing Education Quality in Wolaita Sodo University, EthiopiaReport as inadecuate

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Journal of Education and Practice, v6 n19 p152-159 2015

Peer learning plays an important role in changing teaching learning environment for betterment of learners and their academic achievements. Due to the limitations of conventional approaches such as lecturing, which give too much chance for teacher to talk, peer learning is among the most well researched of all teaching strategies for maximizing their own learning and the academic accomplishments for their classmates. The objective of this study was to examine the attitude students and investigate the determinants that influence students' attitude toward peer learning. To conduct the study, descriptive survey design was employed. Qualitative approach using observation checklists and interviews for data gathering were employed for non-respondent samples. Upon stratifying all faculties into three categories of educational streams, a total of 81 second year students were randomly selected after applying Probability Proportionate to Sample Size (PPS). Quantitative data were analyzed using percentage, frequency and inferential statistics like "Chi-square" (X[superscript 2) test to compare the degree of determinants influencing the attitude of students. the results revealed that there was significant relationship between some of the variables under the determinant factor and one-to-five peer learning and almost all of the participants of the study have perceived one-to-five peer learning positively though the response varies between students. Finally, recommendations were forwarded based on the major findings so as to minimize problems encountered and maximize the implementation of one-to-five peer learning throughout the departments.

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Peer Relationship, Cooperative Learning, Student Attitudes, Qualitative Research, Observation, Check Lists, Interviews, Statistical Analysis, Predictor Variables, Active Learning, College Students, Questionnaires, Focus Groups, Likert Scales

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Author: Gulfon, Efrem; Obsa, Oukula


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