Honors Projects


The Learning Assistant Program at Bowling Green State University is growing, and a training program for the LAs was established in the Fall Semester of 2016. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of this program in reaching its goal, a survey was administered to both trained and untrained LAs upon the conclusion of the program in December of 2016. The results were analyzed throughout the following spring to determine whether or not the goal of helping LAs integrate learning theory and effective practices for engaging students was achieved. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of the program, transformative learning in four characteristics was studied, including confidence, skill, perspective, and identity, as prescribed by the Gwozdek, Smiler, and Springfield rubric. Findings indicate that students who serve as LAs make gains in all four characteristics, and evidence suggests that the training program did, in fact, have an impact on transformative learning of the LAs, and was thus effective in its goal.


Biological Sciences



First Advisor

Dr. Karen Sirum

First Advisor Department

Biological Sciences

Second Advisor

Staci Freeworth

Second Advisor Department

Public and Allied Health

Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2017