Social activity: A new dimension in STEM

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Science  30 Jun 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6345, pp. 1347-1348
DOI: 10.1126/science.356.6345.1347-c

As active learning continues to replace traditional lectures, a new dimension of learning needs to be measured: social activity. Specifically, how are students interacting with and learning from their peers? Wiggins et al. developed and validated a 16-item survey to measure multiple facets of student experience in active-learning classrooms. The Assessing Student Perspective of Engagement in Class Tool (ASPECT) was designed to be widely applicable for different types of active learning and allows for the comparison of relative student engagement levels across various active-learning strategies. As researchers begin to investigate what makes active learning effective, tools such as ASPECT will provide insight into potential barriers presented by active learning, as well as strategies that increase engagement of all students.

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