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Peer Instruction

Peer Instruction was developed in the 1990s by Eric Mazur of Harvard. Peer Instruction is a very formatted lecture style that provides students with constant formative assessment. 

Students *do not* learn by being talked to. They learn by solving problems and engaging in critical thinking. Peer Instruction guides students through problem solving and critical thinking. A typical Peer Instruction class session might look like the following:

  • 3-5 minute lecture
  • Multiple choice question posed to the classroom
  • Students answer individually
  • Students given 2-4 minutes to discuss with their neighbors
  • Students answer as a group (typically 3 to a group)
  • Instructor discusses the question
  • Repeat

This particular structure is important to the success of a peer instruction classroom.