ERIC Number: EJ1095532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Student Perceptions of Active Learning
Lumpkin, Angela; Achen, Rebecca M.; Dodd, Regan K.
College Student Journal, v49 n1 p121-133 Spr 2015
A paradigm shift from lecture-based courses to interactive classes punctuated with engaging, student-centered learning activities has begun to characterize the work of some teachers in higher education. Convinced through the literature of the values of using active learning strategies, we assessed through an action research project in five college courses student perceptions of their impact on learning. Specifically, students were asked to engage in a variety of in-class and out-of-class exploratory writing assignments and pairs and other small group discussions interspersed among short lectures. Quantitative and qualitative data revealed students valued participating in engaging learning activities. Students also affirmed how active engagement positively impacted their learning.
Descriptors: College Students, Student Attitudes, Active Learning, Student Centered Learning, Learning Strategies, Action Research, Writing Assignments, Group Discussion, Student Participation, Learning Activities, Learner Engagement, Outcomes of Education, Questionnaires, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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