Active-Learning Methods to Improve Student Performance and Scientific Interest in a Large Introductory Oceanography Class
Richard F. Yuretich, Samia A. Khan, R. Mark Leckie, John J. Clement March 2001 Journal of Geoscience Education v49 n2 p111-119 Mar 2001

This article in the Journal of Geoscience Education provides information about a study that was conducted at the University of Massachusetts. A 600-student oceanography class was transformed by modifying lectures to include cooperative learning via interactive in-class exercises and directed discussion. Assessments were redesigned as "two-stage" exams with a significant collaborative component. Results of the student surveys, course evaluations, and exam performance demonstrate that learning of the subject under these conditions has improved.

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Subject: Education:Assessment:Exam, Education:Assessment
Resource Type: Pedagogic Resources:Research Results, Journal Article
Special Interest: Large Classroom
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Learning Environment: Large ClassesKeywords: undergraduate education, active learning