Friday, February 5, 2010

UC Merced Graduate Students Research Successful Teaching Techniques

UC Merced's Center for Research on Teaching Excellence is launching a two-year program that will explore solutions to problems often confronted by first-generation college students.

Backed by a $295,484 grant from the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, teams of UC Merced graduate students will develop innovative curriculum that addresses the needs of undergraduates, especially first-generation college students.

More than half of UC Merced’s undergraduate students are the first ones in their family to attend college. It’s also a demographic growing exponentially at other research university campuses.

“There are so many creative ideas and useful instructional techniques graduate student instructors and faculty members have developed in response to our students’ needs,” said Anne Zanzucchi, the Center’s guidebook and assessment coordinator. “The program is an effective way to capture and publish a lot of interesting teaching techniques that otherwise might be ephemeral.”