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Peers, more than teachers, inspire us to learn

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“”Why do I have to learn this?” It’s a common question among youth, but new research out of Michigan State University suggests students perform much better academically when the answer is provided by their peers rather than their teachers. University students who were given a rationale for why learning is important from people similar to them — in this case actors posing as young professionals — wrote more effective essays and got a significantly better final grade than students who were given the same rationale from the course instructor.”(more)

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