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Source: Fred Newton, 785-532-6927, newtonf@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Calin Cooney, 785-532-2535, media@k-state.edu

Friday, Aug. 6, 2010

POPULAR PEER EDUCATION GUIDE BY K-STATE PROFESSOR NOW IN SECOND EDITION

MANHATTAN -- Peer education, using students to assist and provide service to other students, has garnered growing support on college campuses across the nation -- and for good reason.

It may be the connecting point for young students that educators have been seeking, according to a Kansas State University counselor who has co-written a book on the topic.

The second edition of "Students Helping Students: A Guide for Peer Educators on College Campuses," by Fred Newton, professor of counseling and educational psychology at K-State, and Steven C. Ender, president of Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan has been released. It's published by Jossey-Bass.

The book models how young students can influence and educate their peers using many effective methods. Newton said it is vital peer educators receive proficient training so they can be effective educators.

The first edition was released in 2000 and was a best-seller. Since its initial release, Newton and fellow contributors have elevated their understanding of peer educating and included their latest information in the new edition.

Major changes in the book include more graphics, action strategies and real-life illustrations to provide visual aids and active learning, Newton said.

Newton thinks peer education will make large strides in the near future, incorporating technological innovations to enhance the experience and connect with young students.

In addition to "Students Helping Students," Newton has published more than 50 articles and book chapters, and authored or co-authored three books on subjects related to college student personnel services and education.