Giving up the reins in advanced courses

The best way to learn something and truly understand it is to teach it.
The senior seminar for the Neuroscience and Behavior course here at Vassar College is the capstone to a curriculum that emphasizes critical evaluation of the current scientific literature, experimental design and research methodologies. While the previous coursework each student experienced as a sophomore and junior emphasized discussion and close reading of complex material, the true test of mastery is really to explain it clearly to others.

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