Lessons in Learning

September 5, 2019

Performance vs. Perception: (Deslauriers, et al.*)

For decades, there has been evidence that classroom techniques designed to get students to participate in the learning process produces better educational outcomes at virtually all levels. And a new Harvard study suggests it may be important to let students know it.

The study, published Sept. 4 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that, though students felt as if they learned more through traditional lectures, they actually learned more when taking part in classrooms that employed so-called active-learning strategies.

Lead author Louis Deslauriers, the director of science teaching and learning and senior physics preceptor, knew that students would learn more from active learning. He published a key study in Science in 2011 that showed just that. But many students and faculty remained hesitant to switch to it...

Continue reading "Lessons in Learning" by Peter Reuell in the Harvard Gazette, September 4, 2019. https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2019/09/study-shows-that-students-learn-more-when-taking-part-in-classrooms-that-employ-active-learning-strategies/.

* Also read the research article in PNAS: L. Deslauriers, L.S. McCarty, K. Miller, K. Callaghan, and G. Kestin, "Measuring actual learning versus feeling of learning in response to being actively engaged in the classroom," PNAS (Sep 4, 2019) https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1821936116