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The introduction of an interactive teaching and learning activity (TLA) in class and its relationship to students’ learning-outcomes

Mejias, Luis The introduction of an interactive teaching and learning activity (TLA) in class and its relationship to students’ learning-outcomes. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    In the university education arena, it is becoming apparent that traditional methods of conducting classes are not the most effective ways to achieve desired learning outcomes. The traditional class/method involves the instructor verbalizing information for passive, note-taking students who are assumed to be empty receptacles waiting to be filled with knowledge. This method is limited in its effectiveness, as the flow of information is usually only in one direction.

    Furthermore, “It has been demonstrated that students in many cases can recite and apply formulas in numerical problems, but the actual meaning and understanding of the concept behind the formula is not acquired (Crouch & Mazur)”. It is apparent that memorization is the main technique present in this approach.

    A more effective method of teaching involves increasing the students’ level of activity during, and hence their involvement in the learning process. This technique stimulates self- learning and assists in keeping these students’ levels of concentration more uniform.

    In this work, I am therefore interested in studying the influence of a particular TLA on students’ learning-outcomes. I want to foster high-level understanding and critical thinking skills using active learning (Silberman, 1996) techniques. The TLA in question aims to promote self-study by students and to expose them to a situation where their learning-outcomes can be tested. The motivation behind this activity is based on studies which suggest that some sensory modalities are more effective than others.

    Using various instruments for data collection and by means of a thorough analysis I present evidence of the effectiveness of this action research project which aims to improve my own teaching practices, with the ultimate goal of enhancing student’s learning.

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    ID Code: 49334
    Item Type: Other
    Keywords: active learning, higher education, engineering education, HERN
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
    Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation
    Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
    Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Luis Mejias
    Deposited On: 26 Mar 2012 08:04
    Last Modified: 01 Apr 2012 13:56

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