We examine instructional practices of postsecondary instructors,
the factors that influence these practices,
and how these practices influence STEM learning outcomes for college students.
The following issues drive our research:
50-75% of North American STEM faculty exclusively lecture, despite strong evidence that active learning (a) reduces course failure rates & (b) improves knowledge.
Students cite negative college classroom experiences as a primary reason they leave STEM.
College-educated Americans lag behind counterparts in Western Europe and Asian in acceptance of scientifically validated ideas, including evolution and climate change.
> Only 22% of college educated Americans agree humans evolved from earlier species
> Only 60% of Americans that humans influence global climate patterns