How Do You Retain Women Through Inclusive Pedagogy? The Conversational Classroom (Case Study 1)
Women and minority students are not in computing courses under the same conditions as their white male classmates. Instructional practices offer opportunities to level the playing field and improve the retention of underrepresented students. Professor William Waite abstained from lecturing his students on assigned reading and relied instead on the students to direct the information discussed in the classroom. Despite initial student resistance to the unorthodox format of the class, repeat evaluations show that students in these classes out-perform students in prior semesters where lecturing was used.