Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics
- S. Freeman, Sarah L. Eddy, M. Wenderoth
- EducationProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 12 May 2014
The analysis supports theory claiming that calls to increase the number of students receiving STEM degrees could be answered, at least in part, by abandoning traditional lecturing in favor of active learning and supports active learning as the preferred, empirically validated teaching practice in regular classrooms.
Getting Under the Hood: How and for Whom Does Increasing Course Structure Work?
The authors explore the transferability of an active-learning intervention and expand upon the original studies by disaggregating student populations to identify for whom the intervention works best and exploring possible proximate mechanisms that could mediate the observed increase in achievement.
Gender Gaps in Achievement and Participation in Multiple Introductory Biology Classrooms
- Sarah L. Eddy, S. Brownell, M. Wenderoth
- Education, PsychologyCBE - Life Sciences Education
- 21 September 2014
Although females outnumber males in biology, this study of 23 different introductory biology classrooms reveals systematic gender disparities in student performance on exams and student participation…
PORTAAL: A Classroom Observation Tool Assessing Evidence-Based Teaching Practices for Active Learning in Large Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Classes
PORTAAL, a new evidence-based classroom observation tool, identifies 21 elements of classroom best practices for active learning that have been correlated with positive student outcomes in the…
One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Using Factor Analysis to Gather Validity Evidence When Using Surveys in Your Research
The aspects of validity that researchers should consider when using surveys are reviewed and factor analysis is focused on, a statistical method that can be used to collect an important type of validity evidence.
Males Under-Estimate Academic Performance of Their Female Peers in Undergraduate Biology Classrooms
- Daniel Z. Grunspan, Sarah L. Eddy, S. Brownell, Benjamin L. Wiggins, Alison J Crowe, S. Goodreau
- EducationPLoS ONE
- 10 February 2016
Using social network analysis, it is revealed that males are more likely than females to be named by peers as being knowledgeable about the course content, and this effect increases as the term progresses, and persists even after controlling for class performance and outspokenness.
A High-Enrollment Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience Improves Student Conceptions of Scientific Thinking and Ability to Interpret Data
The authors developed and assessed an innovative course-based undergraduate research experience that emphasized collaboration among students and focused on data analysis.
ASPECT: A Survey to Assess Student Perspective of Engagement in an Active-Learning Classroom
- Benjamin L. Wiggins, Sarah L. Eddy, Alison J Crowe
- EducationCBE - Life Sciences Education
- 20 June 2017
The development and validation of a survey to measure students’ self-reported engagement during a wide variety of in-class active-learning exercises provides researchers and instructors alike with a tool to rapidly evaluate different active- learning strategies from the perspective of the learner.
Caution, Student Experience May Vary: Social Identities Impact a Student’s Experience in Peer Discussions
- Sarah L. Eddy, S. Brownell, Phonraphee Thummaphan, Ming Lan, M. Wenderoth
- PsychologyCBE - Life Sciences Education
- 1 December 2015
This study found that self-reported preferred roles in peer discussions in introductory biology classrooms can be predicted by social identities and that barriers to participation in peer discussions…
- Sarah L. Eddy
- EducationCBE - Life Sciences Education
- 1 December 2021
Three recent studies from the fields of psychology and higher education that can inform practices in the life sciences are highlighted, including a synthesis paper that builds a unifying framework for the diverse activities that fall under the umbrella term “active learning.