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Teaching Workshops Fail to Spur Learner-centered Teaching
July 6, 2011
Professional development workshops for college teachers, designed to encourage the use of active, "learner-centered" teaching methods, failed to bring about real increases in the use of such techniques, even though the participants reported on self-assessment forms that they had expanded their use of the favored methods.
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