Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

11-2013

Journal or Book Title

Journal of College Science Teaching

Volume

43

Issue

2

First Page

22

Last Page

29

Abstract

Recent national reports have indicated a need for significant changes in science higher education, with the inclusion of more studentcentered learning. However, substantial barriers to change exist. These include a lack of faculty awareness and understanding of appropriate pedagogical approaches, large class sizes, the time commitment needed to make these changes, and lack of resources and support. At Iowa State University, the implementation of student-centered learning in introductory biology classes is being facilitated by the use of faculty learning communities (FLCs). Progress toward this goal was assessed via surveys of faculty, including both FLC participants and nonparticipants, to determine their teaching practices and attitudes toward biology education. Two years after the formation of the FLCs, a majority of FLC participants indicated that they had experimented with teaching methods and had worked to clarify learning goals for their classes. To continue these changes and promote a true cultural shift within the program, our next steps are to independently assess faculty progress toward studentcentered learning and changes in student learning gains, as well as to develop a more transparent incentive and reward system for faculty teaching.

Comments

This article is from Journal of College Science Teaching 53 (2013): 22. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

National Science Teachers Association

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf