The Value of Peer Learning
Peer learning optimizes student learning outcomes and provides a more holistic, value-added and quality-enhancing education that will better prepare students for the needs of the workforce in this millennium.
Students learn a great deal by explaining their ideas to others and by participating in activities in which they can learn from their peers. NPTI-CO optimizes this potential by incorporating peer learning as an integral component of our curriculum. Students must build mutual respect for and trust and confidence in one another. Thus, students are individually and collectively accountable for optimizing their own learning and achievements.
Many of the key elements for effective peer learning are often incorporated in the design of small collaborative learning groups, and “research shows that students who engage in collaborative learning and group study perform better academically, persist longer, feel better about the educational experience, and have enhanced self-esteem” (Landis, 2000). Furthermore, “the peer support…is a powerful psychological ballast to critical thinking efforts” (Brookfield, 1987).
Expected beneficial outcomes, in addition to content knowledge acquisition, peer learning nurtures and fosters the development of:
- self-directed learning skills, and thus lays the foundation for life-long continuing self-education;
- critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
- communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills; and
- learning through self, peer assessment and critical reflection.
At NPTI-CO You will spend over 600 combined classroom and practical (hands-on) hours of your time learning and practicing valued processes, procedures, and knowledge with other students from all walks of life.Your day-to-day NPTI Colorado experience will include fitness center visits, anatomy/physiology instruction, case studies, muscle practicals, CPR / AED / First Aid certification, small group instruction, diet & nutrition, and the business of personal training.
You won’t just learn from a textbook. You’ll learn from each other!