Peer Instruction in Computer Science at Small Liberal Arts Colleges

Title:
Peer Instruction in Computer Science at Small Liberal Arts Colleges
Authors:
Porter, Leo; Garcia, Saturnino; Glick, John; Matusiewicz, Andrew; Taylor, Cynthia
Abstract:
Peer Instruction (PI) has been shown to be successful at improving pass-rates and improving retention of majors in large classes at large research-intensive institutions. At these institutions, students have been shown to learn from peer discussion in PI and both students and faculty have reported that they value PI in their classrooms. However, little is known about the effectiveness of PI in small classrooms at teaching-focused liberal arts colleges. This study evaluates results from seven lower-division classes and four upper-division classes taught at three different liberal arts institutions using PI. In these classes, PI experienced similar success as that reported at large research intensive universities, both in terms of student learning from peer discussion and from student attitudinal surveys. Most notably, of 137 surveyed students, 91% recommend more faculty use PI in their classes.
Citation:
Porter, Leo, Saturnino Garcia, John Glick, Andrew Matusiewicz, and Cynthia Taylor. "Peer Instruction in Computer Science at Small Liberal Arts Colleges." In Proceedings of ITICSE (July 2013), p. 129-134.
Publisher:
Association for Computing Machinery
DATE ISSUED:
2013-07
Department:
Computer Science
Type:
Book, section
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1145/2462476.2465587
Notes:
ACM-OF
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/309701

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorPorter, Leoen_US
dc.contributor.authorGarcia, Saturninoen_US
dc.contributor.authorGlick, Johnen_US
dc.contributor.authorMatusiewicz, Andrewen_US
dc.contributor.authorTaylor, Cynthiaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:15:48Z-
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:15:48Z-
dc.date.issued2013-07en
dc.identifier.citationPorter, Leo, Saturnino Garcia, John Glick, Andrew Matusiewicz, and Cynthia Taylor. "Peer Instruction in Computer Science at Small Liberal Arts Colleges." In Proceedings of ITICSE (July 2013), p. 129-134.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/309701-
dc.description.abstractPeer Instruction (PI) has been shown to be successful at improving pass-rates and improving retention of majors in large classes at large research-intensive institutions. At these institutions, students have been shown to learn from peer discussion in PI and both students and faculty have reported that they value PI in their classrooms. However, little is known about the effectiveness of PI in small classrooms at teaching-focused liberal arts colleges. This study evaluates results from seven lower-division classes and four upper-division classes taught at three different liberal arts institutions using PI. In these classes, PI experienced similar success as that reported at large research intensive universities, both in terms of student learning from peer discussion and from student attitudinal surveys. Most notably, of 137 surveyed students, 91% recommend more faculty use PI in their classes.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherAssociation for Computing Machineryen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1145/2462476.2465587-
dc.subject.departmentComputer Scienceen_US
dc.titlePeer Instruction in Computer Science at Small Liberal Arts Collegesen_US
dc.typeBook, sectionen_US
dc.description.notesACM-OFen_US
dc.subject.keywordPeer instructionen_US
dc.subject.keywordActive learningen_US
dc.subject.keywordLiberal Arts collegesen_US
dc.identifier.isbn978-1-4503-2078-8en_US
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