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Active Learning Increases Student Performance in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

Original Content Publication Date: 10/10/2018


This is a scientific research article on the impact of active learning and discusses the importance of active learning compared to simply lecturing. For this research, the subject matters studied were Science, Engineering, and Math. Specifically, the research shows that students who learned in an active learning environment performed significantly better on exams. This would suggest that information is understood and retained better in an active learning environment.

Key Points

  • This study focused only on the classroom itself, not homework or other required materials outside of class
  • Performance on exams were approximately half a standard deviation higher for those who were taught the material in an active learning environment
  • Students in a lecture-only classroom were one and a half times as likely to fail a class


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