Creating a safe climate for active learning and student engagement: an example from an introductory social work module

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Title: Creating a safe climate for active learning and student engagement: an example from an introductory social work module
Authors: Ní Raghallaigh, Muireann
Cunniffe, Rosemary
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Date: 19-Jun-2012
Abstract: This article explores the experiences of students who participated in a series of seminars that employed active learning methodologies.   The study on which the article is based involved two parts. Firstly, students completed a questionnaire after each seminar, resulting in 468 questionnaires. Secondly, nine students participated in a focus group where the questionnaire findings were explored. The research findings suggest that the students were highly engaged and that the mix of 'doin', 'observing', and 'reflecting' (Fink 2003) contributed to their engagement. However, in addition, the students' perspectives suggested that the learning environment in which the seminars took place was of particular importance. Overall, the study highlights that while active learning methodologies contribute to student engagement, the atmosphere in which the methodologies are used is also of central importance. Therefore, as well as paying attention to the cognitive aspects of learning, teachers need to consider the affective domains.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
Copyright (published version): 2013 Taylor & Francis
Keywords: Active learningStudent engagementStudent experiencesLearning environmentStudent learning
DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2012.694103
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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