Peer Learning Methods

Peer learning is a professional development experience in which professionals come together to gain a deeper understanding of their actions by reflecting on their own practice and providing feedback to others.

This can happen both formally and informally in many settings. Depending on the context it may include opportunities to share successes and challenges, provide support, feedback, insights and guidance.

Purpose of Peer Learning

To build and sustain professional development and increase impact on organisational change

Examples of Peer Learning

  • Co-coaching groups
  • Triad coaching groups
  • Action Learning Sets
  • Problem Solving Teams
  • Quality Circles
  • Inquiry based Action Research
  • Professional Learning Communities/Networks

The objectives between each peer-learning model vary but generally they are to:

  • Help the individual achieve deeper understanding of their practice
  • Enabling him or her to think about challenges differently
  • To help identify possible solutions or new approaches
  • To experiment and practice new actions or approaches

Most of the methods require group members to use coaching questions and techniques