8 - Human resources policies

8.4 - Using the Peer Instruction method


Peer Instruction, a concept created by the Dean of Applied Physics at Harvard University (USA), Eric Mazur, is an interactive teaching method aimed at improving content assimilation by students whereby the teaching and learning process is focused on the student, rather than the teacher. Originally conceived for teaching Physics it is used today as a basis for learning about real problems by concentrating on practical rather than theoretical processes and is widely used at Stanford University (USA).

Using this method with masters’ or doctoral students to solve real problems in terms of Innovation in existing companies could help to increase the students’ awareness about the reality of the business world, whilst generating new approaches to resolving problems within the Innovation departments of the companies themselves.

It is a method which encourages practical problem solving, teamwork and critical thinking among the students.


Implementation process

Agents required for implementation

This recommendation can be implemented by a single company or by several companies which share interests and goals, in collaboration with Universities.

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  1. http://ocean.stanford.edu - Stanford University.
  2. http://ocean.stanford.edu/bomc/ - Stanford Marine Chemistry.
  3. http://www.physics.umd.edu/perg/role/PIProbs/ - Peer Instruction definition.