Unexpected consequences of ‘active learning classrooms’: they can create an unaccepting atmosphere for LGBTQIA students

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This study is something quite interesting as it describes a possible unexpected consequence of the didactical approach one chooses. Researchers from Arizona State University found that active learning classrooms, which require more group work than traditional lecture courses, may create an unaccepting atmosphere for LGBTQIA students. They study has important limitations (e.g. regional differences, difficult to generalize,…) but the results do suggest further research is a very good idea, imho.

Extra note: I always think the word ‘active’ can also be a bit of an issue as you still can be very passive in e.g. group work and you can also be very active in ‘traditional’ lectures.

From the press release:

…for undergraduate students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex or asexual (LGBTQIA), or who may be struggling with their identity, the biology classroom may not necessarily be a welcoming place.

In a first-of-its kind study published in…

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