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McIntosh, Emily A. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
This article argues that peer learning, specifically Peer Assisted Study Sessions, supported by academic tutors, is a valuable part of the agenda to emphasise the social mission of higher education. This study draws on data collected at two time points from respondents who were trained as Peer Assisted Study Sessions leaders. The data reveal that…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Tutors, Creativity, Innovation
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Allen, Peter J.; Tonta, Kate E.; Haywood, Sophie B.; Pereira, Raphael M.; Roberts, Lynne D. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
Peer-assisted study session attendance is associated with multiple indicators of student success. However, attendance levels are generally low. We applied an extended theory of planned behaviour model, incorporating student role identity, to the prediction of peer-assisted study session attendance. Participants were 254 undergraduate students…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Study Habits, Undergraduate Students, Social Attitudes
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Cowan, John – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
This article presents the case for the use of the 'think-aloud protocol' by teachers who engage in action-research as a source of constructive information about their students' cognitive learning processes. This method calls upon learners to talk their thoughts out aloud, during engagement in some learning activity regarding which the researching…
Descriptors: Protocol Analysis, Educational Research, Action Research, Learning Processes
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Cushing, Debra Flanders; Pennings, Mark; Willox, Dino; Gomez, Rafael; Dyson, Clare; Coombs, Courtney – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
Short-term international study experiences, or study tours, aim to increase students' global awareness, educate and empower them to be productive global citizens, and contribute to their future employability. Learning outcomes from study tours often include intangible personal characteristics or soft skills, as opposed to specific disciplinary…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Program Length, Outcomes of Education, Intellectual Disciplines
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Chan, Stephen C. F.; Ngai, Grace; Kwan, Kam-por – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
At many universities, there is a growing realization that the university owes a social responsibility to the community. Society invests in its citizens through the university, and the university empowers its students to realize their potential, both as competent professionals and as responsible citizens. This requires the cultivation of attributes…
Descriptors: Service Learning, School Community Relationship, Social Responsibility, Student Attitudes
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Ellis, Robert A.; Bliuc, Ana-Marie – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
As online learning technologies are becoming an integral part of the learning experience at university, the quality of student learning is increasingly shaped by their experience of using these new artefacts. In many cases, the research frameworks investigating the contribution of online learning technologies to quality outcomes are yet to have…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Learning Experience, Educational Quality, Cognitive Style
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Mahoney, John W.; Harris-Reeves, Brooke – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
Collaborative testing has been shown to enhance student performance compared to individual testing. It is suggested that collaborative testing promotes higher order thinking, but research has yet to explore this assumption directly. The aim of this study was to explore the benefits of collaborative testing on overall performance, as well as…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, College Science, Undergraduate Students, Foreign Countries
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Sharma, Amit; Van Hoof, Hubert B.; Ramsay, Crystal – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
The study reported here investigated reading among students from the perspective of how students choose to use their time and whether they self-ration it. A survey of undergraduate students found that their self-reported allocation of time to academic activities other than reading was positively correlated to the reading that they did and that…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Time Factors (Learning), Decision Making, Reading Habits
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Roberts, David – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
An important contemporary challenge to the large-group lecture in higher education is that it encourages passive learning which is claimed to be out of sync with academic rhetoric and social needs. Attempts to change this practice have salvaged some aspects of the higher education experience for students, but they have not transformed the learning…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Visual Aids, Imagery, Higher Education
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Swanson, Elizabeth; McCulley, Lisa V.; Osman, David J.; Scammacca Lewis, Nancy; Solis, Michael – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
This article reports a synthesis and meta-analysis of intervention studies investigating the effects of team-based learning on content knowledge outcomes. Team-based learning is a particular set of instructional components most often used in higher education classrooms. Authors of team-based learning reviews report that team-based learning…
Descriptors: Teamwork, Meta Analysis, Intervention, Teaching Methods
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Wright, Mary C.; Bergom, Inger; Bartholomew, Tracy – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
Small class size is often used as an indicator of quality in higher education, and some research suggests that instructors in smaller classes more often use activities that are learner-centered and that involve physical and mental activity on the part of learners, such as group work, simulations, and case studies. However, we have little…
Descriptors: Class Size, Small Classes, Higher Education, Learning Activities
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Jones, Jennifer A. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
Self-regulated learning assumes learners are active agents who can establish and make progress toward learning goals. Classroom activities can facilitate the emergence of self-regulated learning. One strategy to encourage self-regulated learning is to ask students to develop questions for a quiz or examination. The process of developing questions…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Metacognition, Learning Strategies, Class Activities
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Geertshuis, Susan A. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
Few studies have assessed the particular relationships between students' emotional well-being, both positive and negative and their learning. This study followed a cohort of mature students through their first semester at university. Four dimensions of emotional well-being were captured (enthusiasm, contentment, anxiety and depression) at three…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Well Being, Academic Achievement, Outcomes of Education
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Law, Anna S.; Stock, Rosemary – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
Research has demonstrated that learning is impaired if students multitask with media while encountering new information. However, some have gone further and suggested that media-multitasking (as a general activity) may have a negative impact on cognitive control processes. If this were the case, students who are heavy media-multitaskers generally…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Attention Control, Time Management, Academic Achievement
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Bolden, Edward C., III.; Oestreich, Tina M.; Kenney, Michael J.; Yuhnke, Brian T., Jr. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
This article focuses on students' perceptions of small-group activities, discussion, and technology-based interactivity implemented in two different learning environments, namely, in a large, traditional lecture hall and in a smaller classroom. The Engaged Learning Index, developed by Schreiner and Louis, was used along with several items to…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Attitudes, Classroom Environment, Large Group Instruction
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