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Peer-Led Team Learning Evaluation, Dissemination, and Institutionalization of a College Level Initiative

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ISBN-10: 1402061854

ISBN-13: 9781402061851

Edition: 2008

Authors: Leo Gafney, Pratibha Varma-Nelson

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This book is a real-world study of Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL), a method in which undergraduates work together, under the guidance of a peer leader, in course-connected workshops. PLTL is intended to complement lecture.
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Book details

List price: $149.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 7/21/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 156
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Plan and Context of the Study
Background
Plan of the Study and Methodology
Origins and Rationale for Peer-Led Team Learning
PLTL Within the Institution
PLTL in the Context of Reform Initiatives
Development and Implementation of Peer-Led Team Learning
Peer-Led Team Learning as a Program
Initial Implementation of Peer-Led Team Learning
Development of a Model
Evaluation Priorities
Students and Student Leader Experiences: Qualitative Data
Student Responses
Leader Responses
Academic Performance: Quantitative Data
Grade and Retention Data
Standardized Test Results
Comparisons with Other Interventions
Evaluation Data: Fidelity to the Model
Workshops from the Leaders' Perspective
Summary
Dissemination Strategies
Dissemination Model
Stimulating Interest
Creating a Deeper Understanding
Successful Implementation
Developing Scholarship and Leadership
Using Diffusion Practices to Improve Education
Knowledge
Persuasion
Diffusion Decisions
Attributes of Innovations
Relative Advantage
Compatibility
Complexity
Trialability
Additional Issues in Dissemination
The Role of Peer Leaders and of Faculty
Diffusion by Grant and Cluster
Opinion Leaders
PLTL Leadership and Coordination
Adopting and Adapting: Successes and Limits
Workshop Project Associate (WPA) Mini-Grants: Scope of the Program
Participation Data
Selecting and Developing Workshop Materials
Leader Training
Collegial Interest and Dissemination Activities
Experiences of WPA Grant Recipients and Other Early Adopters
Strengths of Peer-Led Team Learning
Implementation Issues
Impact of the WPA Program
Summary
Indicators of Institutionalization
Experiences of Other Initiatives
The Keller Plan
Calculus Reform
PLTL Issues
The Professor's Role
Administrators' Views About Institutionalization
Indicators of Institutionalization
Case Studies: Sustainability Issues
Implemented by a Team
Implementation by a Single Individual
Support and Direction of Workshop Leaders
Issues in the Direction of Leaders
Mandatory Versus Voluntary Workshops
Online Survey on Implementation, Dissemination, and Institutionalization
Comparisons Between Lower and Higher Ratings on Institutionalization
Fidelity to the Model and Sustainability
Institutional Priorities and Support as Indicators
Perceived Success and Institutionalization
Correlations
Summary
Study of Former Workshop Leaders
Pilot Study of Former Leaders
National Survey of Former Workshop Leaders
Design of the Study
Survey Outcomes: Learning Gains
Survey Outcomes: Personal Benefits
Open-Ended Items
Connections with Previous Studies
Impact on Minority Students and Women
Academic Needs of Under-Represented Minority Students and PLTL
Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Northwestern University
Commuter and Community College Students
Women and PLTL
Summary
PLTL and the Goals of Higher Education
College as Preparation for Careers
Changes in Teaching and Learning
Faculty-Student Partnerships in Teaching and Learning
Conclusions
Issues in Implementation, Dissemination and Institutionalization
Issues in Implementation
Critical Components
Changing Faculty and Student Expectations
Faculty Involvement in Teaching/Learning Initiatives
Findings About Dissemination
Disciplines
Issues Regarding Institutionalization
Summary
Evaluation Strategies
Program Implementation
Student Experiences with PLTL
Focus Groups Findings
Overview: Lecture and Workshop
Workshop Methods and Dynamics
Student Academic Performance
Program Monitoring and Small Grants
WPA Request for Proposals
Proposal Preparation
Proposal Review Criteria
Faculty Response to the Program
Administrative Response
Former Leaders Response
Dissemination
Institutionalization
National Science Foundation Support
List of PLTL Mini-Grant Recipients: Workshop Project Associates
Bibliography
Index