This paper evaluates the perceptions and experience of students, in the role of both near-peer teacher and learner who participated in the clinical dental photography course, using a mixed-method analysis with focus group interviews of student tutors and a questionnaire of learner perceptions. A student-led course on Digital Clinical Photography took place with BDS 5 and 6 students as near-peer teachers (NPTs) and BDS 2 and 3 students as learners. Interviews were conducted with near-peer teachers, and a questionnaire was distributed to learners to evaluate students' perceptions of this novel teaching and learning experience. Near-peer teaching has proven to be a beneficial alternative teaching pedagogy which was well-received by NPTs and student learners. The content creation and teaching experience deepened NPTs' understanding on the subject matter and were motivated given the autonomous nature of the project. NPTs enjoyed and benefited from the collaborative nature of the project and the relevance of the subject matter and improved their clinical skills. The student learners enjoyed the learning experience and benefits of learning from NPTs which is supported by social and cognitive congruence. The positive perception of teaching and learning in pairs were also described. This project demonstrates the perceived benefits of near-peer teaching for clinical photography skills for student experiential learning and highlights key elements on how to structure such an activity to engage and support students to participate in such future activities.

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