Building a connected community of learners : the postgraduate peer mentor program
Baron, Rachael and Carr, Rodney 2008, Building a connected community of learners : the postgraduate peer mentor program, in ISANA International Education Association : 19th International Conference, ISANA International Education Association Inc., The Gap, Qld..
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Student peer mentor programs are recognised as a valid component of a multi-faceted strategy to improve student engagement within higher education. This paper reports some preliminary results from research investigating how such programs help support diverse student needs in a multicultural environment. Our results are from a study of a pilot postgraduate student peer mentoring program set up to support new students in the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University, Australia. The postgraduate student body at Deakin is quite diverse and includes a large proportion of international students. We present examples to show how a peer mentoring program can improve the social engagement of students, help overcome cross-cultural communication barriers and contribute to the development of academic skills.
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