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Mathematics and Computer Science


Do Students Really Learn from Peer Discussion?

Event Start DateMonday, February 18, 2013
Serra Hall, Room 211
Event Start Time12:30 pm - 1:05 pm
CostCost: free

Presented by Cynthia B. Lee, PhD, University of California, San Diego

Audience: Students and Faculty

In the Peer Instruction pedagogy, or teaching method, lecture is augmented by student problem solving and peer group discussion. In my research work, we tested a common question about the effectiveness of peer discussion -- do students really learn from it, or do they just fall in line with the opinion of the perceived strongest student in the group? I will discuss how we replicated an experiment from a biology class that was published in the journal Science, which directly addresses this question. Then I will briefly survey other documented benefits of active learning in the computer science classroom.

ContactMaria Cristina Manabat | | (619)260-4706