How Do You Retain Women through Collaborative Learning?

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Collaborative learning can improve retention rates, critical thinking, appreciation of diversity, and development of social and professional skills. When implementing collaborative learning, match students roughly according to experience levels and make sure to give students opportunities to work together for both graded and un-graded assignments.

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  • Pair Programming (Case Study 1) | Relevant Audiences: K-12 Education, Undergraduate, and Graduate

    Collaborative learning can improve retention rates, critical thinking, appreciation of diversity, and development of social and professional skills. When implementing collaborative learning, match students roughly according to experience levels and make sure to give students opportunities to work together for both graded and un-graded assignments. Pair programming assignments within computer science courses both attract and retain more students in CS majors. In addition, women feel more confident when pair programming is used in the classroom.

  • Peer-Led Team Learning (Case Study 2) | Relevant Audiences: K-12 Education, Undergraduate, and Graduate

    Collaborative learning can improve retention rates, critical thinking, appreciation of diversity, and development of social and professional skills. When implementing collaborative learning, match students roughly according to experience levels and make sure to give students opportunities to work together for both graded and un-graded assignments. Peer-led team learning in computer science allows students to work together with a classmate or more advanced peer directing group exercises and discussion. Courses that have utilized PLTL boast lower course drop rates and higher grades.

 

Release Date: May 1, 2007
Audience(s): K-12Higher Education
Short URL:www.ncwit.org/pltl