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Revamped College Science Course Improves Student Performance--In Spite of Cuts


June 2, 2011

Scott Freeman and a student Students performed better overall--and educationally disadvantaged students generally made even greater strides than everyone else--in an introductory biology course at the University of Washington where recent budget woes doubled class sizes for the course; cut lab times; and reduced the number of graduate teaching assistants. The keys to success are instructors who guide learning rather than lecture and who structure courses so students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Full Story

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