Magazine article Liberal Education

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Magazine article Liberal Education

From the Editor

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Back in June ) the Chronicle of Higher Education published an especially thoughtprovoking article exploring the diversity of teaching formats and strategies that different faculty members at different institutions use in a widely taken course-in this case, microeconomics. Reprinted here, the article raises many questions about what, where, and how students learn in courses that are assumed to cover the same ground. To explore some of these questions, and to unsettle some of the assumptions, we asked Carol Geary Schneider and Stephen Ehrmann each to respond. Ehrmann is vice provost for teaching and learning and associate professor of educational technology leadership at George Washington University, one of the schools profiled in the Chronicle article.

This issue of Liberal Education also features the last in our "PKAL Perspective" series, which ran throughout 2012. In this stocktaking final article, Jeanne Narum, the founder and director emeritus of Project Kaleidoscope, reviews the original impetus for PKAL and reflects on the lessons learned from more than twenty years of work to improve undergraduate STEM education in the United States. Since 2008, PKAL has been AAC&U's STEM leadership center.

Rounding out the issue is a diverse set of Perspectives articles. Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, provides a broad overview of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, and his coauthor, Craig Bardsley, fills in details about the foundation's evolving work with colleges and universities around the world. …

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