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Peer Tutoring as a Student-centred Learning Strategy for a Health Care Program

Curtise K. C. Ng, Janice McKay.

According to Topping (1995), different formats of student tutoring should be actively designed, structured, contracted and operated to maximize the likelihood that the stated objectives will be achieved. This study reviewed the implementation of a peer tutoring program into profession-related subjects of an undergraduate radiography program. The aim was to encourage deep learning, the development of wider skills for students such as tutoring abilities, and to enhance the inter-relationships between faculty members, tutors and tutees as a means of improving the learning environment. Within this scheme, tutors and tutees are required to spend a portion of their self-study hours in practical and tutorial sessions preliminary to the tutees’ timetabled classes. For tutors, the aim is to encourage a deeper understanding and the development of tutoring skills important for the workplace, while it provided tutees with additional opportunities to develop skills and understanding in a non-threatening learning environment as part of their knowledge and skill developments.

An action research approach has been used with two cycles, to date, of reflect, plan, act and observe. Data has been gathered using repeat application of questionnaires to tutors and tutees, interviews with tutors, tutees and teaching staff, and reflective reports from tutors. Each student will experience two periods as a peer tutee, followed by two as a peer tutor. The tutors’ development from experience gained from being a tutee acts as the framework for the study to trace the cognitive and transferable skills they gain.

The integration of peer tutoring into professional-related subjects is documented. Evidence of outcomes from the implementation of peer tutoring for tutors and tutees and evaluation of the benefit to students in terms of skill and cognitive developments will be presented. The effect on the relationship between students and faculty will also be noted.

Peer tutoring supports the development of important academic and professional attributes, and can enhance the learning environment with enhanced relationships between tutors, tutees and faculty.


Curtise K. C. Ng  (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China)
Project Assistant in Radiography
Department of Optometry and Radiography Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Curtise Ng is a recent graduate from the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Radiography now working as a project assistant for a learning development project. He has a special interest in pedagogies for university teaching.

Janice McKay  (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China)
Associate Professor in Radiography
Department of Optometry and Radiography Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Jan McKay is the programme leader of the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Radiography. Her special interest is in promoting student centred, applied learning. She is currently leading an interdisciplinary study aimed at establishing an interdisciplinary framework for enhancing applied and life long learning in health and social care programmes.

  • Peer Tutoring
  • Student-centred Learning Strategy
  • Health Care Program
  • Profession-related Subjects
  • Deep Learning
  • Cognitive and Transferable Skills

(30 min Conference Paper, English)