Price and Ferrare: Comparing Modes of Instruction with Instructor Beliefs


IAS faculty members Becca Price and Joe Ferrare, along with Clark Coffman (Iowa State) have published an article in a series of annotations that introduce scholars to biology education research. The original paper (by Ferrare) describes how college science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses are taught, and how the instructors’ teaching styles correspond to their beliefs about the way students learn. The paper concludes with Ferrare arguing that educational reform policies should target both instructors’ beliefs and their pedagogical styles. The annotations unpack the combination of quantitative and qualitative methods that Ferrare used in this analysis for an audience new to educational research.

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