PEER Model

What is PEER?

At PEER Field Schools, you’ll delve into research project development and best practices, engage with like-minded professionals, and gain invaluable insights into the world of educational research. Our expert facilitators will guide you through hands-on activities and collaborative discussions, helping you shape your project and engage your passion.

PEER will boost your education research skills and push your project forward!

PEER Principles

At PEER, you will learn fundamental and applied research skills in a supportive and participatory research environment. We believe research is:


Field schools respond to participant needs


Researchers play with ideas and data to generate new knowledge


Writing and presenting are core parts of research


People do research together, in communities

Who Benefits From the PEER program?

PEER participants come from a wide range of science backgrounds and professions. Participants include:

  • Discipline-based education researchers looking to expand their methodological repertoire
  • Disciplinary faculty just getting started on the scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Education faculty looking to join a research group and access video-based data
  • Faculty development experts learning to mentor faculty through scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) projects
  • Graduate students and postdoctorates who need mentoring and community support for their research projects
  • Undergraduate students who attend field schools with their advisors

Our collaborators and hosts at the University of Cologne made a promotional video for their PEER field school.

What does PEER look like?

In a PEER field school, you’ll work in a supportive community to build your skills and your research project along several overlapping development arcs:

Fundamental Skills

Generative writing, having a growth mindset, playing “yes, and”, mentoring students, researching as a parallel process, and iterating

Research Design

Refining research questions, choosing theoretical frameworks, matching data streams to research questions and analysis methods, planning research projects, and building resilient and flexible projects.

Research Communication

Encapsulating your project, developing an elevator pitch, reading research literature, publishing peer-reviewed papers, negotiating authorship, finding collaborators, and giving robust constructive feedback on each other’s projects.

Does this sound like a lot? It is. PEER field schools are intense, experiential, and supportive. You don’t just learn these things abstractly; you actively practice them with your project. You are ready for PEER when you are enthusiastic about stretching your skills, refining your project, and getting energized about doing research.

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Upcoming events

Ready to grow your research skills?

PEER offers in-person and virtual events for emerging education researchers. Just getting started in education research, or curious about what PEER is like? Join us for a 90-minute virtual gateway workshop. Ready for a longer experience? Apply for an upcoming field school.

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