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PLoS Biol. 2016 Mar 9;14(3):e1002398. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002398. eCollection 2016 Mar.

Peer-Led Team Learning Helps Minority Students Succeed.

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1
Department of Biology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, United States of America.
2
Department of Science Teaching, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, United States of America.

Abstract

Active learning methods have been shown to be superior to traditional lecture in terms of student achievement, and our findings on the use of Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) concur. Students in our introductory biology course performed significantly better if they engaged in PLTL. There was also a drastic reduction in the failure rate for underrepresented minority (URM) students with PLTL, which further resulted in closing the achievement gap between URM and non-URM students. With such compelling findings, we strongly encourage the adoption of Peer-Led Team Learning in undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses.

PMID:
26959826
PMCID:
PMC4784972
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pbio.1002398
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