peer learning

Peer learning

Peer learning refers to a practitioner-to-practitioner approach in which the transfer of tacit knowledge is particularly important (Andrews and Manning 2016). It is based on adult learning principles and effective workplace learning practices (Cohen 2006). Peer learning can have different objectives and take many forms but it relies on a relationship of mutual respect, trust, confidence in one another, and commitment (Boud 2001; Andrews and Manning 2016). 

Peer learning can be at the heart of some specific options (such as book clubs learning circles) and it can be an embedded feature of other options, such as learning from debriefing participants’ examples in a formal course.