Active Learning: Creating excitement in the classroom

Charles C. Bonwell
James A. Eison

Abstract

This monograph examines the nature of active learning at the higher education level, the empirical research on its use, the common obstacles and barriers that give rise to faculty resistance, and how faculty and staff can implement active learning techniques. A preliminary section defines active learning and looks at the current climate surrounding the concept. A second section, entitled "The Modified Lecture" offers ways that teachers can incorporate active learning into their most frequently used format: the lecture. The following section on classroom discussion explains the conditions and techniques needed for the most useful type of exchange. Other ways to promote active learning are also described including: visual learning, writing in class, problem solving, computer-based instruction, cooperative learning, debates, drama, role playing, simulations, games, and peer teaching. A section on obstacles to implementing active learning techniques leads naturally to the final section, "Conclusions and Recommendations," which outlines the roles that each group within the university can play in order to encourage the implementation of active learning strategies. The text includes over 200 references and an index.
members' resistance to interactive instructional techniques, and how faculty, faculty developers, administrators, and educational researchers can make real the promise of active learning

Keywords

Annotation

This book explains what active learning is, and how it can be implemented into the classroom and the barriers that can be experienced when trying to implement it.
Strategies discussed include: Visual-Based Instruction, Writing in Class, Problem Solving, Computer-Based Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Debates, Drama, Role Playing, Simulations, and Games and, Peer Teaching.

APA Citation

Bonwell, C. C., & Eison, J. A. (1991). Active Learning: Creating Excitement in the Classroom. 1991 ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Reports. ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, The George Washington University, One Dupont Circle, Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036-1183.

About the Study

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Mode
Publication Type Book
In Publication Research in Higher Education
Type of Research
Research Design Not applicable
Intervention/Areas of Study Active learning
Level of Analysis
Specific Populations Examined
Peer-Reviewed Yes
Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest
Specific Course or Program Characteristics
Outcome Variables of Interest
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