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ERIC Number: EJ1136938
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1931-4744
A Model of Student Success: Coaching Students to Develop Critical Thinking Skills in Introductory Biology Courses
Chaplin, Susan
International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v1 n2 Article 10 Jul 2007
Science students who perform poorly in introductory science classes often don't know how to do better because they "don't know that they don't know", and they have poor critical thinking and problem solving skills. The current study describes how modeling and coaching students in "active study" improves higher order thinking skills. The data show that students who received such coaching performed significantly better on exams by the end of the semester compared to control groups. Modeling and coaching "active study" behavior is essential to ensure that students build confidence in their ability to study science and remain in the science pipeline.
Centers for Teaching & Technology at Georgia Southern University. IJ-SoTL, Georgia Southern University, Henderson Library 1301, Statesboro, GA 30460. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota (Saint Paul)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A