Active Learning

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Active learning is the practical application of the theory of constructivist learning, in which students
use new information and lived experience to form or modify their mental models. Instead of
traditional lecture, which is a form of passive learning, active learning focuses on engaging students
in the process of learning. Students engage in active learning when they reflect on their ideas
and how they are using them regularly assess their comprehension, and gain knowledge through
participation. This is accomplished through class discussion, group work, and problem-solving
activities. Successful active learning in classrooms requires students to use metacognitive skills and
critical thinking skills in order to judge their understanding and activate higher orders of thinking.

Learn more about the research on Active Learning below!