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Active learning: the importance of developing a comprehensive measure

Carr, Rodney, Palmer, Stuart and Hagel, Pauline 2015, Active learning: the importance of developing a comprehensive measure, Active learning in higher education, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 173-186, doi: 10.1177/1469787415589529.

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Title Active learning: the importance of developing a comprehensive measure
Author(s) Carr, Rodney
Palmer, StuartORCID iD for Palmer, Stuart orcid.org/0000-0002-2517-0597
Hagel, Pauline
Journal name Active learning in higher education
Volume number 16
Issue number 3
Start page 173
End page 186
Total pages 14
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif
Publication date 2015-06-30
ISSN 1469-7874
1741-2625
Keyword(s) active learning
Australasian Survey of Student Engagement
distance education
flow
National Survey of Student Engagement
online learning
Summary This article reports on an investigation into the validity of a widely used scale for measuring the extent to which higher education students employ active learning strategies. The scale is the active learning scale in the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement. This scale is based on the Active and Collaborative Learning scale of the National Survey of Student Engagement. The particular focus of the study was to investigate effects resulting from the addition of a small number of items to the active learning scale designed to capture some highly engaging, mostly online, activities. The items were developed in response to concerns that students studying in distance mode often report lower average scores on active learning scales than their on-campus counterparts. The additional items relate to activities such as working online with other students and faculty. The findings show that average scores on the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement/National Survey of Student Engagement scale increase significantly when the new items are included and that some differences between on-campus and distance education students narrow significantly. These findings have implications for the development of more robust and comprehensive instruments to measure active learning.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1469787415589529
Field of Research 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Free to Read Start Date 2016-07-01
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074350

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