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The Craft of College TeachingA Practical Guide$
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Robert DiYanni and Anton Borst

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691183800

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691183800.001.0001

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Active Learning

Active Learning

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(p.42) Chapter Three Active Learning
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The Craft of College Teaching
Author(s):

Robert DiYanni

Anton Borst

Robert DiYanni

Anton Borst

Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691183800.003.0004

This chapter identifies, explains, and explores a number of strategies and techniques for active learning in the classroom. “Active learning” is a broad term for an approach to teaching that requires students to demonstrate their learning through doing things. Active learning provides an alternative to more passive forms of knowledge acquisition, such as listening to lectures. It shifts the focus from teachers to their students. Active learning offers an alternative to the transmission model of teaching and learning, in which the teacher speaks and demonstrates, while students listen and observe. With active learning, students use and apply information, principles, and concepts to scenarios, situations, and cases, whether actual or fabricated.

Keywords:   active learning, knowledge acquisition, student agency, problem-finding, problem-solving, active learning techniques, scientific learning

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