Department Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Education Development and Learning Support Center Position Professor
|Bulletin of university, Research institution
|A qualitative analysis of growth process of student peer leaders and its facilitative factors: In-depth interviews with undergraduate teaching assistants at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
|Ritsumeikan Higher Education Research
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|Author and coauthor
|Tatsuya Hirai, Miki Horie
|The purpose of this research is to propose a developmental model of peer leaders who assisted first-year education at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University by exploring their growth and learning process. The researchers conducted interviews with 10 students who had served as teaching assistants of first-year education for more than a year. The semi-structured interviews asked for interviewees’ subjective understanding of (1)experiences as peer leaders, (2)growth and change process through those experiences, and (3)facilitative factors of their growth and change. The interview data was qualitatively analyzed using the grounded-theory approach, and peer leaders’ growth processes were hypothesized as a 7-stage developmental model, which also indicates facilitative factors for their growth. This research hopes to raise the awareness of university faculty and staff members regarding peer leaders’ developmental process and suggests effective interventions that possibly optimize students’ growth.