The positive influence of active learning in a lecture hall: an analysis of normalised gain scores in introductory environmental engineering

Kinoshita, Timothy J., Knight, David B. and Gibbes, Badin (2015) The positive influence of active learning in a lecture hall: an analysis of normalised gain scores in introductory environmental engineering. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 1-10. doi:10.1080/14703297.2015.1114957


Author Kinoshita, Timothy J.
Knight, David B.
Gibbes, Badin
Title The positive influence of active learning in a lecture hall: an analysis of normalised gain scores in introductory environmental engineering
Journal name Innovations in Education and Teaching International   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1470-3300
1470-3297
Publication date 2015-11-26
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14703297.2015.1114957
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Burgeoning college enrolments and insufficient funding to higher education have expanded the use of large lecture courses. As this trend continues, it is important to ensure that students can still learn in those challenging learning environments. Within education broadly and undergraduate engineering specifically, active learning pedagogies have been developed to overcome some of those issues in a traditional classroom setting. However, active learning has not been well established in large, lecture-hall classroom environments. This study investigates an active learning approach that was used for an introductory environmental engineering course of 269 students in a tiered lecture hall. Analyses using normalised gain scores illuminate statistically significant differences between learning gains in content delivered using the active learning method versus a traditional, lecture-only delivery. There were no significant interaction effects across different student characteristics.
Keyword Active learning
Large classrooms
Gain scores
Environmental engineering
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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