AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 84 New Ways of Teaching College Astronomy -- Practical Advice and Results
Special Session, Thursday, June 3, 2004, 10:00-11:30am, 707/709

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[84.05] The Impact of Using Undergraduate Students to Teach Other Students

C.P. Maytag (University of Colorado)

Instructors at the University of Colorado have been experimenting with breaking large lecture courses into small groups of 8-12 students, led by undergraduate ``Learning Assistants." These peer coaches lead students through activities and discussion designed to lead students to discovery, rather than provide formulaic lab excercises. As an experienced Learning Assistant, I will discuss the nature of this approach and my own experiences in the classroom.

One result of this program has been a significant number of undergraduates who never considered the possiblity of a career as a school science teacher are now doing so.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: maytag@colorado.edu

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