Over the past two decades, numerous studies have explored the effectiveness of active learning in the college classroom. Active learning uses activities and instruction designed to enhance conceptual cognition; students become enthusiastic participants in their own education. They — not the instructor — control their own learning.
More than just a buzzword in education circles, active learning has been shown to boost academic achievement. Turns out converting students into active rather than passive participants in their own learning journey truly works.
A compelling body of research into active learning’s value is proving it to be a particularly effective teaching tool in the all-important STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines and in helping disadvantaged students succeed. The books and papers discussed here also provide advice on how to incorporate active learning methods in higher education classrooms.
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