ERIC Number: ED253468
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Active Learning. ERIC Digest No. 17
This ERIC digest synthesizes research findings relating active learning to student achievement, reviews the status of active learning practices in today's social studies classrooms, presents examples of active learning practices in specific areas of the social studies, and provides a list of suggestions and resources for integrating active learning in the social studies classroom. The first section highlights the growing body of research relating active learning approaches to student achievement, not only among young children but also among secondary and postsecondary students. The second section emphasizes the gap between theory and practice by highlighting recent educational reports suggesting the need for a more varied, more active approach to teaching social studies. In the third section, active learning approaches currently being used in the social studies are listed, including mock trials, case study analyses, student participation in opinion polls and surveys, and participation in community-based education. Seven specific recommendations for incorporating active learning into the social studies curriculum are outlined in the fourth section. The publication concludes with a list of ten related resources. (LH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Discovery Learning, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Higher Education, Learning Activities, Social Studies, Student Experience
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.