Saturday, June 22, 2013

Article: A Conceptual Framework for Organizing Active Learning Experiences in Biology Instruction

In the world of teaching and learning, many people talk about "active learning." However, this is something that seems to have been poorly defined, in the past. To help clarify what active learning actually is, my colleague Dr. Brian Belland and I recently published an article entitled A conceptual framework for organizing active learning experiences in biology instruction.In this article, we outline what we identify as some of the major themes of active learning, particularly in higher education biology courses. The active learning themes we identified include (1) Problem-solving, (2) Collaboration and Discussion, (3) Animations, and (4) Technology-enhanced Activities.

Active Learning Themes in Biology Instruction.
In the article, we describe these four themes and show how Merrill's First Principles of Instruction can be used as a framework for organizing them. To access the article, click here.


Reference:
Gardner, J., Belland, B., (2011). A conceptual framework for organizing active learning experiences in biology instruction. Journal of Science Education and Technology. Accessed online at http://www.springerlink.com/content/90t3706373j2u190/. DOI: 10.1007/s10956-011-9338-8.
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