ERIC Number: ED336049
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Active Learning: Creating Excitement in the Classroom. 1991 ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Reports.
Bonwell, Charles C.; Eison, James A.
This monograph examines the nature of active learning at the higher education level, the empirical research on its use, the common obstacles and barriers that give rise to faculty resistance, and how faculty and staff can implement active learning techniques. A preliminary section defines active learning and looks at the current climate surrounding the concept. A second section, entitled "The Modified Lecture" offers ways that teachers can incorporate active learning into their most frequently used format: the lecture. The following section on classroom discussion explains the conditions and techniques needed for the most useful type of exchange. Other ways to promote active learning are also described including: visual learning, writing in class, problem solving, computer-based instruction, cooperative learning, debates, drama, role playing, simulations, games, and peer teaching. A section on obstacles to implementing active learning techniques leads naturally to the final section, "Conclusions and Recommendations," which outlines the roles that each group within the university can play in order to encourage the implementation of active learning strategies. The text includes over 200 references and an index. (JB)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Cooperative Learning, Debate, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Dramatic Play, Experiential Learning, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Large Group Instruction, Lecture Method, Peer Teaching, Role Playing, Teaching Methods, Visual Learning
ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, The George Washington University, One Dupont Circle, Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036-1183 ($17.00).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association for the Study of Higher Education.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. School of Education and Human Development.