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ERIC Number: EJ957071
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1531-2542
Active Learning in the Library Instruction Environment: An Exploratory Study
Ross, Alanna; Furno, Christine
portal: Libraries and the Academy, v11 n4 p953-970 Oct 2011
This paper describes an exploratory study investigating the impact of problem-based learning and clicker technology as active learning strategies at the American University of Sharjah Library, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Studies compared traditional and active learning classes. The present article maps the successes and challenges of these unique classroom encounters, and through correlation of findings from a broader educational context, considers the impact of these teaching strategies on student performance in the library instruction environment. Results provide insight into the potential and implications of active learning strategies as a means of engaging students in the learning process and the inherent difficulties associated with measuring impact on student learning. Future studies should consider other variables affecting student learning including student motivation, engagement, and learning styles, and consider a range of alternate assessment models from the education field. (Contains 4 tables and 39 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Arab Emirates