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The Impact of Prerequisites on Student Learning

At our second meeting on 10/17/18, we discussed the impact of prerequisite courses on student success in subsequent courses. I’ve attached below the article we read and discussed, which summarizes research on this topic for STEM courses. It was a lively discussion! We concluded that while prior knowledge definitely increases student learning, prerequisites are not the only way to achieve that. While prerequisites may be recommended in specific circumstances, their requirement may not always be mandatory for success and must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for each curriculum and student population.


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