How College Students Learn

Gerunda Hughes , Ph.D.

October 12 , 2005

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As the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. Teachers know that holds true with education as well: We can teach, but we can’t make students learn. However, we can facilitate learning, and we can do so best if we understand how students learn. It is with this goal in mind that Dr. Gerunda Hughes lectures on learning.

An Associate Professor of Education, Dr. Gerunda Hughes is the Program Coordinator for Secondary Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. She is a well-known science resource teacher who—through her publications, consulting, and teaching—seeks to prepare others to teach math and science in the secondary schools. In addition, she is an assessment expert with CRESPAR (the Center for the Education of Students Placed at Risk), who has investigated the black-white test score gap and the influence of culture on testing and achievement. However, she is also an expert on learning, having earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. As an educational psychologist, she has studied both students and experts, learning styles and teaching styles—particularly their relationship to student performance and achievement.

As a result of her expertise, Dr. Hughes has been invited to serve on the editorial boards of the American Educational Research Journal and the Review of Educational Research as well as the board of Howard’s Charter Middle School of Mathematics and Science. She has also served on the advisory panels for the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Therefore, Dr. Hughes brings experience as well as expertise to her lecture “How College Students Learn,” so that teachers can learn more about learning.

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