Peer-Led Team Learning Helps Minority Students Succeed

Julia J. Snyder, Jeremy D. Sloane, Ryan D P Dunk, Jason Wiles

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere1002398
JournalPLoS biology.
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 9 2016

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Peer-Led Team Learning Helps Minority Students Succeed. / Snyder, Julia J.; Sloane, Jeremy D.; Dunk, Ryan D P; Wiles, Jason.

In: PLoS biology., Vol. 14, No. 3, e1002398, 09.03.2016.

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Snyder, Julia J. ; Sloane, Jeremy D. ; Dunk, Ryan D P ; Wiles, Jason. / Peer-Led Team Learning Helps Minority Students Succeed. In: PLoS biology. 2016 ; Vol. 14, No. 3.
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