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ERIC Number: EJ1061148
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1551-2169
Assessing a Broad Teaching Approach: The Impact of Combining Active Learning Methods on Student Performance in Undergraduate Peace and Conflict Studies
Sjöstedt, Roxanna
Journal of Political Science Education, v11 n2 p204-220 2015
Teaching introductory International Relations (IR) and peace and conflict studies can be challenging, as undergraduate teaching frequently involves large student groups that limit student activity to listening and taking notes. According to pedagogic research, this is not the optimal structure for learning. Rather, although a teacher can pass on information, the student must actively create one's own understanding, something that is not done through the traditional "Sage on the Stage" style of pedagogy. This article assesses this assumption by examining the impact of active learning on student learning outcomes and argues that a multiple teaching methods approach is able to meet the varying learning preferences of the broader student group and thus improves actual and self-perceived student performance. In a 3-year project, different approaches were introduced during the first semester, including smaller seminar groups, simulations, the use of film, and practitioner meetings. A comparison of the classes of 2011 and 2012, using the class of 2010 as a baseline, finds that the student groups taking part in the active learning project demonstrated both an improvement of results as well as an overall increase with regard to perceived achievement regarding the course's learning outcomes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden