Proposal Title

What's In It For Me? An Exploration of the Nature of Student Motivations in Peer Learning Environments

Proposal Abstract

While studies have been undertaken that consider narcissism as a motivator among instructors and faculty members, few researchers have asked how this psychological trait can affect the way in which peer tutors perform their role and the impact it can have on the teaching and learning environment. Although the use of peer tutors has often been seen as a way to invite the expression of diverse viewpoints in the classroom, narcissistic tendencies rooted in a desire for expert status have the potential to undermine this larger goal. This paper will offer a careful analysis of collected data in order to show that instructors who use peer tutors to foster inclusivity must also take steps to guard against narcissistic tendencies that can quietly but seriously frustrate an open learning environment. Session objectives include a set of learning outcomes that will offer suggestions for the development and support of peer tutors to facilitate positive and inclusive learning experiences.

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Room 2904

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 8th, 3:00 PM Mar 8th, 3:45 PM

What's In It For Me? An Exploration of the Nature of Student Motivations in Peer Learning Environments

Room 2904

While studies have been undertaken that consider narcissism as a motivator among instructors and faculty members, few researchers have asked how this psychological trait can affect the way in which peer tutors perform their role and the impact it can have on the teaching and learning environment. Although the use of peer tutors has often been seen as a way to invite the expression of diverse viewpoints in the classroom, narcissistic tendencies rooted in a desire for expert status have the potential to undermine this larger goal. This paper will offer a careful analysis of collected data in order to show that instructors who use peer tutors to foster inclusivity must also take steps to guard against narcissistic tendencies that can quietly but seriously frustrate an open learning environment. Session objectives include a set of learning outcomes that will offer suggestions for the development and support of peer tutors to facilitate positive and inclusive learning experiences.