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Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a program where a current undergraduate student assists a professor in delivering course material by providing a peer-delivered format.  The use of SI has varied across disciplines and there are many examples of its success (Blanc, DeBuhr, and Martin 1983; Wright, Wright, and Lamb 2002).  This paper provides a critical examination of the implementation using views from both the SI leader’s and the professor’s perspective, a description of SI, and the authors’ personal experiences with the program at Western New England College.

by Michael J. Enz and James E. Tierney