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Peer Learning in Virtual Schools

, CAST Inc. ; , , Center for Research on Learning, University of Kansas

JDE Volume 28, Number 1, ISSN 0830-0445 Publisher: Athabasca University Press


This article is about peer-to-peer learning amongst students within K–12 virtual schools. This issue is examined through a case study of experiences of three students with disabilities enrolled in one virtual school and that of their parents, teachers, and school administrators. The article is framed around variability in learners’ aptitudes for peer-to-peer learning, in the design of the learning environment and what it affords for interpersonal interactions, and in the context where that learning design is implemented (and whether or not it promotes peer-to-peer learning). Each of these areas of variability impacted whether or not peer-to-peer learning occurred.


Johnston, S., Greer, D. & Smith, S. (2014). Peer Learning in Virtual Schools. The Journal of Distance Education / Revue de l'ducation Distance, 28(1),. Athabasca University Press. Retrieved October 21, 2020 from .