Active learning still lags behind the lecture in the majority of STEM classrooms in Canada and the US, according to a new study. Based on an analysis of more than 2,000 classes at a range of colleges and universities, the study found that class time was spent exclusively on “conventional lecturing” in 55% of all classrooms. Another 27% of classes were based on lecturing with some interactivity, while only 18% could be classified as emphasizing “a student-centered style heavy on group work and discussions.” The study’s authors note that while previous research on active learning has surveyed instructors about their teaching techniques, this study was based on direct observation of classes on multiple occasions.

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