Active Learning Spaces: Matching Science Classrooms with Pedagogy

Jenay Robert, Crystal Ramsay, Sarah E. Ades, Kenneth C. Keiler, Christopher Palma

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Active learning is a powerful pedagogical tool in science classes. The physical classroom space is, however, often overlooked as a key component of pedagogical design. We present two mini-case studies of science faculty at the Pennsylvania State University who are using active learning techniques in the Bluebox, an experimental learning space designed for maximum flexibility and active learning pedagogy. These vignettes are exemplars of how a thoughtfully designed learning space can support and even enhance active learning in science classes. We conclude by making three design recommendations to consider when creating new classrooms or enhancing existing ones.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationActive Learning in College Science
Subtitle of host publicationThe Case for Evidence-Based Practice
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783030336004
ISBN (Print)9783030335991
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

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  • Social Sciences(all)

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