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On April 20, 2015, the Chronicle of Higher Education published Dr. Cathy N. Davidson’s article, “Futures Initiative at CUNY Inspires New Teaching Styles.”

“In a science course underway this semester at City University of New York’s Lehman College, the instructor used a teaching technique called “think-pair-share” one week. Each student took 90 seconds to write on an index card three ideas about an assigned reading. Then the students paired up, took turns reading aloud to each other what they had written, and decided on the single most important idea to share with the class. Later students wrote one another follow-up questions using the website for the course, “Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism.”

Across the city, at Queens College, another instructor was using the same technique in her “Introduction to Narrative” class. In fact, the learning method was being applied concurrently in a variety of disciplines at a dozen colleges within the CUNY system.

The instructors are doctoral students and teaching fellows at the CUNY Graduate Center. They are among 12 participants chosen to take part in an interdisciplinary, student-directed doctoral course called “Mapping the Futures of Higher Education.” Each graduate student teaches an undergraduate course or directs a program at a CUNY college.”

Read the full article here.

Read the CUNY Graduate Center coverage of Davidson’s article here.

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