Today’s College STEM Courses Need More Student-Centered Teaching

In recent years, educational facilities around the world have been providing an increased focus on the STEM or science, technology, engineering and math programs that are offered at their institutions.

A recent article from the Reddit website tells of a comprehensive study of more than 700 STEM college classes that were taught by more than 500 faculty members. One of the main findings of this study is that lectures are still the most common form of teaching style and classroom interaction being utilized today.

The analysis of the STEM classes took place at 25 colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada, and was published in the journal Science in March of 2018. The study was done by a research team from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and several other universities.

The lead author of this study on undergraduate STEM education says that even though student-centered learning has proven to be a very effective method of teaching, most college faculty members are still not practicing it regularly.

One reason why student-centered learning is not being practiced as much as it could be, the study found, is because faculty members are now used to teaching large numbers of students. These faculty members may not possess the training that could allow them to work well with smaller class sizes.

With many classes now being taught in large facilities such as amphitheaters, lectures are often utilized because they are thought to be one way to reach lots of students simultaneously.

May 1, 2018

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