Peer-Assisted Learning in Physical Education: A Review of Theory and Research

in Journal of Teaching in Physical Education
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  • 1 The Ohio State University
  • | 2 Indiana State University
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In this article we provide a review of theory and research on the use of peers to influence learning outcomes in physical education. First, we summarize the empirical literature on the use of peers in general education. Next, Piaget’s equilibration theory, Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory, and Skinner’s behavior analytic theory are discussed with particular reference to their implications for the use of peers in educational settings. This is followed by a review of findings from research studies using peers in physical education settings and includes suggestions for future research. We conclude with a discussion of implications for practice.

Ward is with The Ohio State University, Sport and Exercise Education, 305 Pomerene Hall, Columbus, OH. Lee is with Indiana State University, Department of Physical Education, Terre Haute, IN.

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