Active Learning is an approach to instruction which engages students with the material they study through reading, writing, discussion and problem solving techniques which will promote analysis, synthesis, evaluation and reflection of class content.
This active learning concept is based on learner-centred principles: that learning is active and learning is social. In the face of the current curricular reform presented by the National Standard Curriculum introduced by Ministry of Education Youth and Information (MOEYI) a conceptual shift is required in designing learning spaces to meet the needs of the 21st Century learner. There is also the need to build the skills needed in the workplace through effective communication, working collaboratively, thinking critically and creatively. Good learning spaces facilitates the convergence of technology, pedagogy and space (physical or virtual). Oblinger (2004).
Space impacts on the interaction between students and students, and between students and faculty. Learning spaces create expectations of behaviour, suggests how to act, and communicates what is valued. The notion of place, time and space has changed with the advent of the Internet. Space is now represented not only as physical but also includes the virtual. This results in an expansion of the space being defined not by the “the class” but by “learning”. Learning spaces in institutions convey the institution’s philosophy about teaching and learning.
This presentation will explore teaching Strategies of the active (STEM/STREAM) classroom as well as the creation and use of the learning environments which facilitate active learning.