Peer tutoring book launched

Beeby book launch

From left: NZCER Director Graeme Cosslett, Jesse Pirini, Robyn Baker.

Former Beeby Fellow Jesse Pirini launched his book Peer Tutoring: A training and facilitation guide at the end of March.

Developed during his Beeby Fellowship, the book provides practical, research-based strategies for anyone wanting to run a peer tutoring programme or to improve their own tutoring practice.

“Jesse’s work is the perfect match for the National Commission’s goal of providing equitable access to education,” said National Commission Chair Robyn Baker in her speech at the launch. “His resource aims to make tutoring programmes more accessible, particularly in communities where there are a scarcity of resources. By helping communities develop and sustain their own tutoring programmes, his work benefits students whose families can’t afford private tuition fees.

“The promotion of a future-orientated education system is central to the work of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) and aligns strongly with the goals of UNESCO, particularly in terms of its work to support the UN’s sustainable development goals. One important element of such an education system is that it places the learner at the centre, and while formal education early years education, schooling, tertiary are all important, so is the learning that is enabled by parents, whānau, communities – locally, nationally and internationally. We are living in dynamic times and we all need to be learning all the time, hence the focus of both NZCER and UNESCO on lifelong learning.”

The Beeby Fellowship is jointly funded by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and the New Zealand Council for Educational Research.