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What Is Student Active Learning?

            Student Active Learning is an approach to instruction in which students employ the material they study through reading, writing, talking, listening, and reflecting.  Student Active learning stands in contrast to “standard” modes of instruction in which teachers do most of the talking and students are passive. (http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/tutorials/ )

Paulson & Faust in their book, “Active Learning for the College Classroom
define active learning as anything that students do in a classroom other than merely passively listening to an instructor’s lecture. This includes everything from listening practices which help the students to absorb what they hear, to complex group exercises in which students apply material to solve problem in  “real life” situations.. (http://www.calstatela.edu/dept/chem/chem2/Active/index.htm)

In the book of Active Learning: Creating Excitement in the Classroom, Bonwell and Eison  (1991) define active learning as the activity which involves students in doing things and thinking about the things they are doing.” It means that students must do more than just listen: they must read, write, discuss, or be engaged in solving problems. Most important, to be actively involved, students must employ in such higher-order thinking tasks as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

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