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What is the PEERSolvers project about?

Our project aims at establishing a valid, evidence-based approach to building young people’s capacities for constructive interaction and collaborative problem solving (CPS). Constructive peer cooperation enables young people to formulate better solutions for diverse problems and develop individual competencies.

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What is the PEER model?

Starting from the sociocultural perspective, and based on the integration of knowledge from developmental psychology and educational sciences, the project aims to develop an innovative PEER model of intervention. The model posits four key elements of effective CPS: Personality, Exchange in dialogue, Emotional intelligence, and Resources. In order to develop and test the PEER model, our project will employ a mix methods approach, with two qualitative and two intervention studies. Qualitative techniques of collecting and analyzing data will be employed in order to explore youth experiences of CPS, as well as of spontaneous behavior in CPS. The main intervention studies will experimentally test the effects of the PEER model on both group-level variables (e.g., quality of interaction and products) and individual-level competencies.

What are our aims?

The overall aim of the PEERSolvers project is to establish a new approach – the proposed PEER model – to developing young people’s capacities for constructive peer interaction and collaborative problem solving (CPS). PEERSolvers’ main theoretical goal is to further inform developmental theories on the relevance of peer interaction and collaboration for psychological development. The project’s major practical goal is to deliver an effective evidence-based intervention for promoting young people’s capacities for CPS in real world educational contexts.

Our team

Ivana Stepanović Ilić