The role of peer educators in higher education is well established through decades of program development and refinement. Nevertheless, the twenty-first century landscape presents new challenges and new opportunities for peer educators and peer education programs. In this monograph, the authors explore emerging trends for peer educators, placing them squarely at the center of institutional priorities. Innovative new programs, as well as new practices in familiar programs, provide the reader with insights into development, structure and evaluation. Together, the authors provide an in-depth look at strategies, programs, and perspectives that can enhance the experience of the students peer educators serve and enrich the institutions that support them.
This is the 133rd volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Student Services. An indispensable resource for vice presidents of student affairs, deans of students, student counselors, and other student services professionals, New Directions for Student Services offers guidelines and programs for aiding students in their total development: emotional, social, physical, and intellectual.
About the Author
Lee Burdette Williams is the author of Emerging Issues and Practices in Peer Education: New Directions for Student Services, Number 133, published by Wiley.
Table of Contents
The Ongoing, and Emerging, Place of Peer Education (Lee Burdette Williams).
1. Peer Educators in a Theoretical Context: Emerging Adults (Carolyn G. Dennett, James A. Azar) The peer educator and the directing supervisor encounter a variety of challenges that can be framed effectively by a theoretical perspective.
2. Learning Outcomes for Peer Educators: The National Survey on Peer Education (Matthew R. Wawrzynski, Carl L. LoConte, Emily J. Straker) Findings from The National Peer Educator Study present implications for making peer education a transformative learning process.
3. Peer Educators Responding to Students with Mental Health Issues (Mark F. Daddona) Peer educators need effective communication skills and knowledge of campus counseling services to serve students with a variety of emotional diffi culties.
4. Peer Educators in Learning Assistance Programs: Best Practices for New Programs (Wendy L. Wilson, David R. Arendale) Starting a new peer education program in learning assistance requires attention to critical program components.
5. Peer Educators in Classroom Settings: Effective Academic Partners (Julie E. Owen) Innovative uses of peer undergraduate teaching assistants at diverse institutions are explored.
6. Peer Education in Student Leadership Programs: Responding to Co-Curricular Challenges (Paige Haber) An overview of emerging leadership theory and research is critical for developing and improving programs using peer educators.
7. Peer Educators in Critical Campus Discourse (Rhondie Voorhees, Steven N. Petkas) An innovative peer education program is designed to teach skills for engagement through exploration of multicultural societal dilemmas.
8. Peer Educators Responding to an Institutional Challenge: Off-Campus Student Services (James R. Hintz) Issues and challenges facing off-campus students can be met effectively with the help of peer educators.
9. The Future of Peer Education: Broadening the Landscape and Assessing the Benefits (Lee Burdette Williams) The Editor considers the opportunities presented by peer education for deeper learning, personal development, and strengthening campus community.