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Fostering peer learning during the transition to school

Joanne Hayes, Claire McLachlan, and Alison Sewell

New entrants encounter many new routines and different approaches to learning when they start school. This study aimed to identify the role of peer learning in helping new entrants to learn at school. The article reports on strategies the teachers used to foster peer learning in new entrant classrooms. Peer learning was strengthened when teachers provided opportunities for children to work together and paid attention to how children were grouped.

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