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Can active learning in college classrooms disrupt patterns of under-representation in STEM?

The single biggest driver of income inequality in the United States is whether or not a person completes a four-year undergraduate degree. This problem is worse in STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). While students from minoritized groups (students from under-represented racial and ethnic... click to read more

  • Elli Theobald | Assistant Teaching Professor at Department of Biology, University of Washington, Washington, USA
  • Scott Freeman | Lecturer Emeritus at Department of Biology, University of Washington, Washington, USA
Views 1388
Reading time 3 min
published on Mar 18, 2021
Are students learning as much as they think they are? The dangers of fluent lectures

Think back to a college or high school classroom in a STEM subject (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math). Your teacher probably talked most of the time, perhaps using the blackboard, a projector, or demonstrations to illustrate specific points. You mostly took notes and occasionally asked... click to read more

  • Louis Deslauriers | Senior Preceptor at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  • Logan S. McCarty | Lecturer at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Views 2943
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 22, 2020