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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Extending the constructs of active learning: implications for teachers' pedagogy and practice
Author(s): Drew, Valerie
Mackie, Lorele
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Keywords: active learning
lifelong learning
Issue Date: Dec-2011
Citation: Drew V & Mackie L (2011) Extending the constructs of active learning: implications for teachers' pedagogy and practice, Curriculum Journal, 22 (4), pp. 451-467.
Abstract: Active learning is a pedagogical construct widely appealed to within the global discourse of lifelong learning. However, an examination of the literature reveals a lack of clarity and consensus as to its meaning. This article provides a critical analysis of a range of dimensions underpinning the concept of active learning including policy discourses, definitions, interpretation and enactments in educational settings, and resultant pedagogical implications. A more robust theoretical framework is presented to support educator understanding which synthesises and extends current constructs and which bridges the divide between active learning considered as either theory of learning or pedagogical strategy.
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Rights: Published in Curriculum Journal by Taylor & Francis (Routledge).; This is an electronic version of an article published in Curriculum Journal, Volume 22, Issue 4, December 2011, pp. 451 - 467. Curriculum Journal is available online at:

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