What value does peer-assisted learning have in the training of student paramedics?

Peer-assisted learning is now being recognised as an effective learning strategy to support the development of health professionals. Furthermore, adopting coaching style dialogue and conversation enhances learning and development for both the coach and coachee and, in this instance, for year 1 and year 3 student paramedics. This article describes how the implementation of peer-assisted learning into the classroom setting can help to support student paramedics in the development of their own clinical skills and knowledge. It describes broadly the evaluation findings of a session whereby year 3 student paramedics coached year 1 student paramedics to further develop a range of clinical skills through demonstration and discussion. A summary overview of the findings reflects the multiple benefits of this innovative approach to facilitate learning, including a notable increase in professional knowledge and skills for both groups of students.

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