One of the most visible approaches to peer learning comes out of cognitive psychology , and is applied within a "mainstream" educational framework: "Peer learning is an educational practice in which students interact with other students to attain educational goals." [ 1 ] In this context, it can be compared to the practices that go by the name cooperative learning . However, other contemporary views on peer learning relax the constraints, and position peer or peer-to-peer learning as a mode of "learning for everyone, by everyone, about almost anything." [ 2 ] Whether it takes place in a formal or informal learning context, peer learning manifests aspects of self-organization that are mostly absent from pedagogical models of teaching and learning. Research on peer learning often takes place through participant observation , and may itself be peer produced .
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