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ERIC Number: EJ915923
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1527-9316
Is Active Learning Like Broccoli? Student Perceptions of Active Learning in Large Lecture Classes
Smith, C. Veronica; Cardaciotto, LeeAnn
Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v11 n1 p53-61 Jan 2011
Although research suggests that active learning is associated with positive outcomes (e.g., memory, test performance), use of such techniques can be difficult to implement in large lecture-based classes. In the current study, 1,091 students completed out-of-class group exercises to complement course material in an Introductory Psychology class. Students were assigned either active learning or content review activities. Students in the active learning condition reported greater retention of and engagement with the course material but not greater enjoyment when compared to students in the content review condition. The importance of choosing pedagogical methods that promote the construction of knowledge rather than just behavioral activity is discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
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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: Delaware
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