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Positive Outcomes of Volunteering as a Peer Educator: A Qualitative Study.

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This study examines the suspected positive outcomes of participating as a volunteer in a peer education program. To address a need for empirical studies, the authors conducted a qualitative evaluation of 21 narratives written by graduating educators. Three raters analyzed these narratives through content analysis, supported by strong inter-rater reliabilities. Educators freely mentioned the targeted outcome variables at these rates: factual knowledge (57%), helping others (57%), friendships (48%), personal growth (38%), positive regard for the instructor (33%), skills (24%) and decision-making (5%). Overall, results support the positive impact of participating as a peer educator and direct future quantitative outcome research. (Author)

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Author:Badura, Amy S.; Millard, Michele; Johnson, Christine; Stewart, Amber; Bartolomei, Steve
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Date:Feb 13, 2003
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