Traditional class time configuration and the case for active learning
Meta-analysis of 225 separate studies on active learning versus lecture.
Students in lecture courses were 55% more likely to fail the course than students in active-learning focused courses.
Students in active learning courses scored about half a standard deviation higher on exams than students in lecture courses.
"If the experiments analyzed here had been conducted as randomized controlled trials of medical interventions, they may have been stopped for benefit—meaning that
enrolling patients in the control condition might be discontinued because the treatment being tested was clearly more beneficial."
Recentering education on active learning is an ethical and economic issue.
Not an academic freedom issue.
PNAS is not the only study
Hake, 2006: Physics students in active learning classes outperform students in lecture classes by 2 SD's
Lorenzo, Crouch, and Mazur, 2006:Gender differences in performance on physics concept inventories eliminated when using peer instruction
Poh, Swenson, and Picard, 2010:Students in lecture courses show flatline phyisological arousal
Academics often seem to value research in every area save one: their own efforts to foster student learning https://t.co/LjNSPJXixe