Active Learning Weaknesses

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2.6.1 Active learning: Strategies that help first graders Transition and build literacy skills Kacey J. Weber
“Active learning, compared to passive learning, may help to promote engagement, motivation, socialization skills, and grade-level readiness in first grade students that did not have the benefit of attending Kindergarten. “Active learning can be defined as anything that involves students doing things and thinking about what they are doing” (Auster and Wylie, 2006). This type of hands-on effective learning can be done without changing the curriculum, standards, or materials in a traditional style classroom (Jenson, 2005). Students, particularly emergent learners and students from low-economic backgrounds, often benefit little from passive learning involving constant lecturing, worksheets, and repetitive assessments based on memorization or typical selective response. According to the National Survey of Student Engagement, active learning and high levels of student engagement through hands-on activities resulted in an increase in learning and retention of grade level reading material (Amburgh, Devlin, Kirwin, and Qualters, 2007).”

“Active learning is seen as an effective approach to teaching children because it involves a deep level of connecting with the material at hand. The direct interaction that comes with active learning strategies may help young students adjust to an educational setting. According to Ueckert
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