There seems to be no end to the flood of conferences, workshops, panel discussions, reports and research studies calling for change in the introductory science courses in our colleges and universities. But, there comes a time to move from criticism to action. In 1993, the Division of Undergraduate Education of the National Science Foundation called for proposals for systemic initiatives to change the way int- ductory chemistry is taught. One of the five awards was to design, develop and implement the peer-led Workshop, a new structure to help students learn science. This book is a study of 15 years of work by the Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) project, a national consortium of faculty, learning specialists and students. The authors have been in the thick of the action as project evaluator (Gafney) and co-principle investigator (Varma-Nelson). Readers of this book will find a story of successful change in educational practice, a story that continues today as new institutions, faculty, and disciplines adopt the PLTL model. They will learn the model in theory and in practice and the supporting data that encourage others to adopt and adapt PLTL to new sit- tions. Although the project has long since lost count of the number of implem- tations of the model, conservative estimates are that more than 100 community and four year colleges and a range of universities have adopted the PLTL model to advance student learning for more than 20,000 students in a variety of STEM disciplines.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 156
Weight: 920 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 11 mm
Edition: 2008 ed.
From the reviews:
This book is a must read for anyone writing their first proposal for NSF's TUES (formerly CCLI) program!
Overall, I believe that this book will become an important resource for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) faculty because Gafney and Varma-Nelson offer insight in addition to knowledge they have gained. Most importantly, this book should have broad appeal because the authors are able to get their points across with clarity and rigor without getting bogged down with too much jargon.
Gautam Bhattacharyya teaches Chemistry at Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA
"The authors' focus is to describe the mechanics of developing an initiative locally, expanding it to a national level, and evaluating its impacts on multiple sets of stakeholders. ... the goal of this book is to offer a `big picture' account; thus, readers must consult individual papers to get details of the studies. ... Overall, I believe that this book will become an important resource for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) faculty ... ." (Gautam Bhattacharyya, Journal of Chemical Education, December, 2010)