A1 Journal article (refereed)
Multidisciplinary peer-mentoring groups facilitating change? : a critical educational praxis perspective (2020)

Aarnikoivu, M., Pennanen, M., Kiili, J., & Nokkala, T. (2020). Multidisciplinary peer-mentoring groups facilitating change? : a critical educational praxis perspective. Learning and Teaching, 13(3), 18-40. https://doi.org/10.3167/latiss.2020.130303

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All authors or editorsAarnikoivu, Melina; Pennanen, Matti; Kiili, Johanna; Nokkala, Terhi

Journal or seriesLearning and Teaching



Publication year2020

Publication date01/12/2020


Issue number3

Pages range18-40

PublisherBerghahn Books

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/72808


This article discusses the potential of multidisciplinary peer-mentoring groups to facilitate individual and institutional change. To do this, we view peer mentoring as a form of critical education praxis (Mahon et al. 2019), the purpose of which is to create a space for reflexive thinking and asking critical questions. The data were collected by interviewing all thirteen participants – doctoral students and more established scholars – of a multidisciplinary peer-mentoring pilot project. The results show a variety of both individual changes and desired changes within the university, which were brought into view as a result of the sharing of experiences, views and ideas in an open, confidential, multidisciplinary space. Based on these results, we argue that multidisciplinary peer mentoring has a high potential to offer an excellent space for collaborative, critical dialogue, which could ultimately facilitate change among individual academics, but also potentially more widely within higher education institutions.

Keywordsdoctoral educationmultidisciplinary researchpeer learningcritical pedagogypedagogy of higher educationpractice

Free keywordsacademic work; doctoral education; educational praxis; multidisciplinarity; peer learning; peer mentoring

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Reporting Year2020

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