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ERIC Number: EJ829473
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0009-2479
Fostering an Active Learning Environment for Undergraduates: Peer-to-Peer Interactions in a Research Group
Long, Christopher E.; Matthews, Michael A.; Thompson, Nancy S.
Chemical Engineering Education, v41 n3 p202-208 Sum 2007
The benefits of active learning in the traditional classroom setting are well established among engineering educators; however, this learning model can thrive in other settings, namely in a research group. This work presents findings from an educational research project specifically designed to foster active learning among undergraduates and graduate students. Observations and data were collected in the Research Communications Studio (RCS), which uses the research group as a forum for active learning. Distributed cognition is a key concept behind the structure of the RCS. Specific practices that facilitate active participation are described, and a quantitative analysis of group discourse is used to confirm activity levels and to characterize the nature of the group interactions. The methods used to foster active learning can be adapted to a variety of research group settings. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
Chemical Engineering Education, Chemical Engineering Division of ASEE. P.O. Box 142097, Gainesville FL 32614. Tel: 352-392-0861; Fax: 352-392-0861; e-mail:; Website:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A