The Teaching Center has collaborated on research on PLTL at WUSTL to document its structure and identify the features that are effective and improve the program. Two of our on-research projects are the following:
Implementation and Evaluation of PLTL at Washington University
R. Frey (The Teaching Center and Chemistry), S. Hockings (Chemistry), and K. DeAngelis (Cornerstone)
This study demonstrates the effectiveness of Washington University’s PLTL program in improving student performance and satisfaction in General Chemistry. Findings suggest that the PLTL model may be adapted to suit universities in which class-size and course structure differ significantly from the setting in which the model was originally developed and evaluated.
An Analysis of Discourse in Peer-Led Team Learning
R. Frey (The Teaching Center and Chemistry), K. Sawyer (Education), P. Brown (DuBray Middle School), S. Luesse (Chemistry), M. Hogrebe (Education), and D. Gealy (The Teaching Center)
Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, this project examines student-to-student discourse, or conversation, in Peer-Led, Team-Learning (PLTL) groups in General Chemistry. The aim is to shed light on what makes PLTL an effective learning environment in undergraduate science education.
For more information about these projects, please contact Gina Frey, Executive Director of The Teaching Center.
Peer Reviewed Publications about PLTL at Washington University
Hockings, S. C., DeAngelis, K. J., & Frey, R. F. (2008). Peer-Led Team Learning in General Chemistry: Implementation and evaluation. Journal of Chemical Education, 85(7), pp. 990-996.
Sawyer, K., Frey, R. & Brown, P. (2013) Knowledge building discourse in Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) groups in first-year General Chemistry. In D. D. Suthers, K. Lund, C. P. Rose, C. Teplovs, & N. Law (Eds.) Productive Multivocality in the Analysis of Group Interactions: Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Series (pp. 191-204). New York: Springer.
Sawyer, K., Frey, R. & Brown, P. (2013) Peer-Led Team Learning in General Chemistry. In D. D. Suthers, K. Lund, C. P. Rose, C. Teplovs, & N. Law (Eds.) Productive Multivocality in the Analysis of Group Interactions: Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Series (pp. 183-189). New York: Springer.
Other Publications about WU PLTL
Frey, R., Guan, R., Hockings, S. C., Kuehne, L., & Woods, J. (2004) Peer-Leader training at Washington University progressions: The Peer-Led Team learning project newsletter. 6(1), pp. 3-4.
Peer-Led Team Learning International Society Web site: pltlis.org
Eberlein, T., Kampmeier, J., Minderhout, V., Moog, R. S., Platt, T., Varma-Nelson, P., et al. (2008). Pedagogies of engagement in science: A comparison of PBL, POGIL, and PLTL. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. 36(4), pp. 262-273
Gosser, D.K., Cracolice, M.S., Kampmeier, J.A., Roth, V., Strozak, V., & Varma-Nelson, P. (2000). Peer-Led Team Learning: A guidebook. New York: Prentice Hall.
Roth, V., Goldstein, E., & Marcus, G. (2001). Peer-Led Team Learning: A handbook for team leaders. Upper Saddle-River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Sarquis, J. L., Dixon, L. J., Gosser, D. K., Kampmeier, J. A., Roth, V., Strozak, V. S., et al. (2001). The workshop project: Peer-Led Team Learning in chemistry. In J. E. Miller, J. E. Groccia & M. S. Miller (Eds.), Student-Assisted Teaching (pp. 150-156). Boston, MA: Anker.
Smith, J., Wilson, S. B., Banks, J., Zhu, L., & Varma‐Nelson, P. (2014). Replicating Peer‐Led Team Learning in cyberspace: Research, opportunities, and challenges. Journal of Research in Science Teaching.
Varma-Nelson, P. (2008). Peer-Led Team Learning: evaluation, dissemination, and institutionalization of a college level initiative (Vol. 16). New York: Springer.