Active learning methods and strategies are credited to be important means for development of student cognitive skills This paper describes some forms of active learning common in Physics Education and briefly introduces some of the pedagogical and psychological theories at the basis of active learning. Then, some evidence for active learning effectiveness in developing student critical cognitive skills and improving their conceptual understanding are examined. An example study regarding the effectiveness of an Inquiry-Based learning approach in helping students to build mechanisms of functioning and explicative models, and to identify common aspects in apparently different phenomena, is briefly discussed.
|Title of host publication||Research and Innovation in Physics Education: Two Sides of the Same Coin|
|Number of pages||21|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
|Name||CHALLENGES IN PHYSICS EDUCATION|