Active Learning

Learning to think requires thinking and communicating one's thoughts through talking, writing, or doing so that others can react to it. Effective strategies for active learning include: Peer learning, collaborative learning, cooperative learning.

Skill in working cooperatively is essential for most vocations. One of the best methods of gaining clearer, long-lasting understanding is explaining to someone else. Consequently, peer learning (students teaching other students) is an effective method of teaching. There is a wealth of evidence that peer learning and teaching is extremely effective for a wide range of learning goals, subject matter, and students of different levels and personalities. Though some authors distinguish collaborative learning from cooperative learning, both involve peer learning: an interdependence of students working toward a common goal.


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