Perspectives and Peers 1, Introduction

Note: This is a selection from Perspectives and Peers, part of tdaxp‘s SummerBlog ’06

Multiple perspectives and peer interaction are two processes that have been mentioned numerous times in class. A review of the literature (assigned books, assigned articles, and non-assigned articles), as well as an interview with a man knowledgeable of both educational psychological theory and adolescents, calls the value of peer interaction into question. The same review strongly supports the value of multiple perspectives.

This paper will discuss the views of assigned books and articles, as well the differing views of other peer reviewed articles, before delving into the interview findings. In each section, both multiple perspectives and peer interaction are discussed. Afterwards, the findings will be summarized, a conclusion will be reached, and reference list and interview question and answer sets shall be attached.

Throughout this series, “multiple perspectives and “peer interaction” will be referred to. Because every author can use terms in slightly different ways, and formal definitions can be difficult to find, the words will be used in the following ways. “Multiple perspectives” refers different interpretations of a concept, a thing, or another person. A shift of perspective can greatly change what something appears to be, in the way that changing one’s position in space can transform a constellation from one shape into another. “Peer interaction” refers to sharing of multiple perspectives with someone else of approximate age, experience, knowledge, and power. Peers can be more or less equal, but should not be significantly unequal.

Perspectives and Peers, a tdaxp series:
Perspectives and Peers 1. Introduction
Perspectives and Peers 2. Books Assigned in Class
Perspectives and Peers 3. Articles Assigned in Class
Perspectives and Peers 4. Other Articles
Perspectives and Peers 5. Interview with the Subject
Perspectives and Peers 6. Conclusion
Perspectives and Peers 7. Bibliography
Perspectives and Peers 8. Interview with Mark Safranski