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Since its inception in 1973, Peer Assisted Learning (PAL), or Supplemental Instruction as it’s called in the US, has benefited thousands of learners around the world. A wide and growing body of research has proven its benefits, which extend beyond the student participants to the group leaders, teachers and universities.
Peer Assisted Learning (PAL), or Supplemental Instruction, has become a global phenomenon since its conception in 1973 by Dr. Deanna Martin at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. Along the way, the practice has developed a variety of names and implementation models, but its overarching outcomes remain the same – to enhance students’ learning, experience and ultimately increase student retention.
If you work in education, you may have come across the phrase “Peer-Assisted Learning” (PAL). Often referred to as Peer Assisted Study Support, Supplemental Instruction, or rather intriguingly, Shadow Modules, PAL is a scheme in which students support each other in their learning.