IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Galvanizing Science Departments
In the Sept. 4 edition of Science, CU Distinguished Professor Carl Wieman of the department of physics wrote an editorial discussing the Science Education Initiative at CU-Boulder and how that might serve as a national model for improving science, technology, engineering and math education at research universities. Wieman reports that 60 percent of the CU faculty in three major science departments have changed their teaching approaches in ways that clearly increase student learning.
"At the higher education level, there is extensive evidence that innovative teaching methods improve student learning and are practical to implement," Wieman writes. "Yet these methods remain at the periphery, and the traditional lecture model continues to dominate, particularly at large research universities." He then goes on to discuss how CU is working to change that.
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