In the 1990s, Prof. Eric Mazur of Harvard University developed the teaching-learning method of peer instruction for his students. He believed that students who have just learned new concepts can then teach them most effectively if they pass them on in their own words.
As noted by Seneca, “Docendo discimus” – “We learn by teaching.” In the peer instruction method, students are presented with conceptual questions in order to facilitate brief argumentative discussions, whereby they do not only learn more effectively, but are also able to better retain the information. Mazur’s book Peer Instruction set standards that have since gained widespread acceptance in the USA and are becoming increasingly popular in Germany.
On the following pages one may find basic information on the teaching concept “Peer Instruction”.