Students’ engagement in active learning can transform them from being merely passive participants in the classroom. Rather, they are part of an instructional model that focuses the responsibility of learning on learners. Active learning suggests that students should have an opportunity to assess their own learning progression and join the classroom teacher in overall evaluation of classroom work. This is not a new concept, but how we think about it today is new.
The Symposium on Active Learning in STEM Education on September 8, 2016 is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and organized by SRI International’s Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL). It will provide an opportunity for the most recent awardees of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) to explore and converse about the research behind student and teacher engagement as co-learners. Break-out groups will discuss and perform exercises examining topics such as
- What are the goals of the learning process?
- How should students engage in such higher-order thinking tasks as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation?
- How do students “do things” and “think about them” while immersed in the doing?
Conversation will be dynamic as we look into the shifts in educators’ roles at all levels from deliverers of content to facilitators of student learning in the STEM disciplines. With the engagement of leading STEM professionals from academic and research institutions across the nation, NSF and SRI International is advancing the dialogue and action on strengthening STEM education for our youth.