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Scott Freeman


March 9, 2020

Underrepresented college students benefit more from ‘active learning’ techniques in STEM courses

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Students from different backgrounds in the United States enter college with equal interest in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But that equal interest does not result in equal outcomes. Six years after starting an undergraduate STEM degree, roughly twice as many white students finished it compared to African American students. A new…


May 12, 2014

Improve grades, reduce failure – undergrads should tell profs ‘Don’t lecture me’

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A significantly greater number of students fail science, engineering and math courses that are taught lecture-style than fail with active learning according to the largest analysis ever of studies comparing lecturing to active learning in undergraduate education