What is Peer Instruction?

Students prepare for the lesson and give the teacher feedback about what they found confusing or difficult. During class, students receive mini-lectures interspersed with peer discussion of conceptual questions that work to generate, confront, and resolve misconceptions that students may have.

An example is shown in the figure below. The teacher places a reading assignment on the digital learning environment. Students read the assignment and ask questions on the digital learning environment. The teacher can then see how well the questions have been made and where there are still misconceptions. The teacher prepares his lesson based on this data and gives a mini-lecture during the lesson. The teacher then gives an individual assignment in class and the students have to answer a question via a voting tool. The teacher and students can see how many students have chosen which answer. Afterwards the students must discuss the answers in groups in order to answer the question again via the voting tool after this discussion. The teacher then discusses the correct answer. This method is called ‘peer instruction’ of which Eric Mazur, Dutch physicist, is the founder of.

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