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Do active learning techniques enhance learning and increase persistence of first-year psychology students?


Author(s): Dahlgren, D. J., Wille, D. E., Finkel, D. G., & Burger, T.

Citation: Dahlgren, D. J., Wille, D. E., Finkel, D. G., & Burger, T. (2005). Do active learning techniques enhance learning and increase persistence of first-year psychology students?. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 17(1), 49-65.

 

Abstract

Two studies compared a lecture-only with a group-activity instruction method to determine whether enhancing student involvement in an introductory class would increase learning and persistence in college. The results indicated that when group activities were used, first-year students were more involved and more likely to stay in college. However, exam grades were not enhanced when group activities were used.

 

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