Pressures on faculty members at research universities which detract from conventional classroom teaching and the need to better prepare students for lifelong learning necessitate some fundamental changes in the way we teach. Independent study, while currently an optional part of most college degree programs, is often misunderstood and misapplied. This article provides some food for thought for faculty who may wish to rethink the role of independent study in college curricula.



independent study, lifelong learning

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