An implementation of active learning and its effect on the quality of student learning

Atara SIVAN*, Roberta Wong Leung, Chi Ching Woon, David Kember

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This paper examines the effectiveness of active learning implemented in two undergraduate programmes at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Several learning activities were implemented during student seminar sessions. The effectiveness of these activities was investigated using questionnaires and interviews to explore student attitudes as well as the Study Process Questionnaire to measure student approaches to learning. Results showed that active learning made a valuable contribution to the development of independent learning skills and the ability to apply knowledge. It also helped to create interest in the curriculum and to prepare students for their future careers. The activities used affected the quality of student learning by shaping the way that students studied and meeting desired learning outcomes. The results are discussed in the context of student approaches to learning and in relation to the programmes' educational objectives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-389
Number of pages9
JournalInnovations in Education and Teaching International
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2000

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  • Education


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