"Examining Active Learning and Teaching Methods: What is Really Going on in Our Colleges?" | 2014 Connections Grant Winner

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  • Julia Phelan, National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)
  • Jay Phelan, UCLA



Examining Active Learning and Teaching Methods: What is Really Going on in Our Colleges?


So why are higher-education institutions not changing the way they do things? This is the question we seek to answer using a survey measure. We will develop an online survey to be given to faculty and administrators at colleges/universities across the country. We will sample all types of institution and subject area disciplines. The goal is to gather data on:

  • the types of teaching innovations occurring around the country
  • level of knowledge and aptitude around education innovations (such as active learning)
  • how these innovations are characterized by instructors
  • how (if at all) the efficacy of the innovations is evaluated

Survey data will provide insight into how well faculty understand active learning, if they are using active learning techniques, and how they are measuring their impact. We will explore the hypothesis that there exists a relationship between the type of teaching position held (tenured-research/non-tenured teaching), and the level of interest, knowledge, and demonstrated efficacy in teaching innovation.