How do students learn ‘content’ in the Active Learning Classroom?

Content can be understood as methods, knowledge, and outcomes, or simply as just knowledge.

Foundational knowledge is,

  • Discovered during pre-class activities;
  • Checked in (self) diagnostic activities;
  • Deepened in class through problem-based scenarios;

SCALE-UP and other active learning methods allow students to solve problems by using their knowledge, identifying knowledge gaps, and by forming, testing and developing hypotheses.

Knowledge and skills are developed through enquiries in response to groups identifying knowledge gaps. Enquiries can use published sources, experiments or exploration of ideas. Such methods allow students to develop deep knowledge as well as confidence in using processes that they can apply to similar problems.

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