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The Learning Conference 2003

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Motivation, Leader Skills and the Learning Process in Peer Tutorials: Experience of Peer Tutors

Val Clulow, Julie Gerstman.

A learning approach that emerged in the US in the 1970s, known as Supplemental Instruction (SI) developed in response to a need to improve students‚ performance and reduce student attrition in 'high risk' subjects, known to have high fail rates. The introduction of SI sessions at two Australian universities was designed to take advantage of the tested benefits of learning from the interactions of students with peer tutors. Depth interviews were used to explore the perceptions of six tutorial leaders, about their motivation, the skills required to be a leader and the learning process as they experienced the SI programs. Analysis of the interview data provides clearer criteria for peer tutor selection, and improving the format and training program of future SI programs.


Val Clulow  (Australia)
Associate Professor
School of Business
Swinburne University of Technology

Val Clulow has a particular interest in the use of mentoring and coaching as a business learning strategy. This has led to her work with peer tutoring and mentoring in higher education. She has published work related to a number of studies in this field and has consulted to other universities who have established programs for students using these approaches

Julie Gerstman  (Australia)
School of Business, Economics Discipline

Julie Gerstman is a lecturer in Economics and Finance in the School of Business at Swinburne University of Technology. Her research interests include developing methods to enhance deep learning in tertiary classes comprising culturally diverse students. Julie has published papers on analysing methods and assessments introduced to achieve deep learning outcomes.

  • Motivation
  • Leader Skills

(30 min Conference Paper, English)