Thursday, October 22, 2009
Although my own experience is that students don't always like group work or peer-feedback exercises (the former because of the "free-rider" effect and the latter because they haven't yet developed the judgment that enables them to evaluate another's work), their professors, at least, continue to move towards a "student-centered" approach to learning. That's according to a recent UCLA survey of more than 22,000 college students at 372 schools nationwide.
Here are the results:
|Selected teaching methods|
|Cooperative learning (small groups of students)||48%||59%|
|Using real-life problems*||n/a||56%|
|Multiple drafts of written work||25%||25%|
|Student evaluations of one another‚Äôs work||16%||24%|
|Electronic quizzes with immediate feedback in class*||n/a||7%|
|Extensive lecturing (not student-centered)||55%||46%|
|Selected examination methods|
|Term and research papers||35%||44%|
|Grading on a curve||19%||
|* Not asked in the 2005 survey|
|Note: The figures are based on survey responses of 22,562 faculty members at 372 four-year colleges and universities nationwide. The survey was conducted in the fall and winter of 2007-8 and covered full-time faculty members who spent at least part of their time teaching undergraduates. The figures were statistically adjusted to represent the total population of full-time faculty members at four-year institutions. Percentages are rounded.|
Source: "The American College Teacher: National Norms for the 2007-8 HERI Faculty Survey," University of California at Los Angeles Higher Education Research Institute.
I am the scholarship dude.