New Report: Group Problem-Solving Sessions Trump Lecture

Posted by on January 04, 2010

Group Problem-Solving Sessions Trump Lecture: Results of an Experiment in Teaching

Author: Beverly Clendening
Presented at: National Association of Biology Teachers, Four Year University Section Peer-Reviewed Research Symposium
Presented: November 11, 2009

Despite mounting evidence that lectures alone are not the most effective way to help students gain knowledge, faculty in undergraduate science programs still use more student-centered teaching formats infrequently. Numerous barriers to change exist, including the assumption that less science content can be covered when student-centered teaching formats are adopted. In this study I show that the replacement of one hour of lecture per week in an introductory cell biology and genetics course with a group problem-solving session resulted in no reduction in science content covered and a significant increase in correct responses to knowledge, comprehension and application/analysis assessment items on the final exam.

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