Faculty and student perceptions of active learning

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Mark Snow (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Michael Hemphill

Abstract: Research has shown that active learning promotes better attainment of learning outcomes than passive learning. Even though faculty have identified active learning as best practices, faculty state the most common instruction method they use is a passive learning approach of traditional lecture. The objective of this study was to collect and summarize data available on within a School of Health and Kinesiology regarding the school’s current status on active learning. Faculty and students within a School of Health and Kinesiology were recruited to complete an online survey assessing current use, perceptions and barriers to active learning within the classroom. Data analysis showed faculty stated they have used active learning in the classroom and that it was effective. Students also agreed that active learning allowed them to learn more effectively. Different ethnic groups as well as first generation and other generation students differed in what types of active learning activities they preferred to learn most effectively. Students and faculty disagreed on the frequency of learning activities with a significant difference in how often the lecture method was provided in class. Students and faculty also disagreed on the specific type of active learning activity produced the most effective learning. Both groups did agree that certain active learning activities allowed students to learn better than lecture. To improve the effectiveness of students accomplishing learning outcomes the first step in the process is to determine student and faculty perceptions. With this information, now an effective communication and continuing education platform can be developed.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2021
Active learning, Barriers, Lecture, Perceptions
Kinesiology $x Study and teaching (Higher)
Active learning

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