ERIC Number: ED418659
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Focusing on Active, Meaningful Learning. IDEA Paper No. 34.
This paper discusses active and meaningful learning and the application of this instructional approach to the college classroom, focusing on techniques used in the author's biology classes. Active and meaningful learning places emphasis on students actually doing things and thinking about what they are doing, relating new information to information already known by the learner. Cooperative learning and critical thinking strategies can be used to promote active and meaningful learning. Examples of active and meaningful learning techniques are discussed, including the use of buzz groups and points to ponder, help sessions, team-based learning, undergraduates teaching in courses as practicum students, interactive computer programs, small working groups in a class, addressing different learners' needs, and creating a positive learning environment for non-majors. The incorporation of active and meaningful learning into textbooks and course materials is also discussed. (Contains 21 references.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Biology, College Instruction, Computer Assisted Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Critical Thinking, Higher Education, Relevance (Education), Science Instruction, Small Group Instruction, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods, Textbooks
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