A study of the way college students think indicates professors often underestimate the abilities of their students to reason their way to an enlightened answer. The study has been done by associate professor Phil Wood at the University of Missouri-Columbia. For more than 20 years he’s been studying the thought processes of junior high, college, and graduate students. He says professors often forget all of the painful development and growth they went through when they were students, and that’s why there is what Wood calls a “disconnect” between teacher and student.
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