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Presents case studies and examples from practitioners and examines the four major dimensions of advancing real learning: active learning, collaborative learning, learner-driven learning, learning about learning.

Active Learning
Active learning

In this chapter we aim to clarify the term ‘active learning’, explain why it is essential for effective learning, examine some of the effects of active learning, and then consider issues in applying active learning more widely in the classroom context.

What does the phrase ‘active learning’ suggest for you? Is it:

  • Pupils running around the classroom?
  • Children playing in a sand-pit?
  • Chaos and confusion?

Or none of these? Something more like:

  • Pupils designing and constructing?
  • Learners involved in experiments?
  • A class creating a newspaper and inquiring into what its readers think?

There are unhelpful connotations of the term ‘active learning’ (like many other ...

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