Note: This is a student project from a course affiliated with the Ethnography of the University Initiative. EUI supports faculty development of courses in which students conduct original research on their university, and encourages students to think about colleges and universities in relation to their communities and within larger national and global contexts.

Files in this item



application/pdfResearch Process.pdf (74kB)Restricted Access
Research ProcessPDF


application/pdfProject Report.pdf (57kB)Restricted Access
Project Report PDF


Title:Active Learning At Illinois State University
Author(s):Spicer, Erin
Active Learning
Teaching Methods
Abstract:This project investigates active learning at ISU by asking the following questions: How and how often is active learning utilized in classrooms at Illinois State University? What are the responses of the teachers and students engaged in active learning? Do the students enjoy active learning, or is there resistance? Do the teachers voluntarily utilize active learning or are they more prone to simply stick with passive lecturing? On the basis of participant observation, interviews, and a review of documents, this study discusses several reasons for teachers’ resistance to active learning, including lack of knowledge, experience, time, and courage, and a focus on investing in research rather than teaching. In addition, students’ expectations are formed on the basis of high school experiences and large lecture classes in college and also cause resistance against active class involvement. The study provides recommendations for faculty to improve their teaching methods.
Issue Date:2005-12-15
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-08-22

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

  • Student Learning
    This collection examines student learning both in and beyond the classroom.
  • Student Communities and Culture
    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.

Item Statistics