The key idea behind active learning is that a machine learning algorithm can perform better with less training if it is allowed to choose the data from which it learns. An active learner may pose "queries," usually in the form of unlabeled data instances to be labeled by an "oracle" (e.g., a human annotator) that already understands the nature of the problem. This sort of approach is well-motivated in many modern machine learning and data mining applications, where unlabeled data may be abundant or easy to come by, but training labels are difficult, time-consuming, or expensive to obtain. This book is a general introduction to active learning. It outlines several scenarios in which queries might be formulated, and details many query selection algorithms which have been organized into four broad categories, or "query selection frameworks." We also touch on some of the theoretical foundations of active learning, and conclude with an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches in practice, including a summary of ongoing work to address these open challenges and opportunities. Table of Contents: Automating Inquiry / Uncertainty Sampling / Searching Through the Hypothesis Space / Minimizing Expected Error and Variance / Exploiting Structure in Data / Theory / Practical Considerations
Presents learning activities for the beginning and middle of a teaching session in a middle or secondary classroom, and features concluding exercises to encourage reflection, retention, and application.
How can we structure class time efficiently? How can we explain and lecture effectively? How can we help students master content? How can we make learning more real and lasting? In this revised and greatly expanded 2nd edition of Inspiring Active Learning, educators Merrill Harmin and Melanie Toth provide answers to our fundamental teaching questions and show us how to transform our classrooms into communities of active, responsible learners. The authors present an array of research-based, teacher-tested strategies for managing our everyday responsibilities--from beginning a class to grading homework, from instructing large groups to promoting diligent seatwork, from motivating slackers to handling disrupters. These strategies focus on mutual respect, not bossiness; collaboration, not isolation; commitment to learning, not fear of failure; and the dignity of all, not praise or rewards for a few. Regardless of our level of experience or the grade or subject we teach, the active-learning approach helps us * Perform routine teaching tasks more easily. * Discover a higher level of teaching success and personal satisfaction. * Establish a class climate of full participation and cooperation. * Prepare engaging lessons that keep students productively involved. * Encourage students to work energetically, willingly, and intelligently each day. * Inspire all students, even the most challenging, to strive for excellence. With its detailed classroom examples and more than 250 practical strategies, Inspiring Active Learning is a comprehensive reference for solving almost any teaching problem.
The last decade has seen a dramatic increase in the application of active learning methods including problem-based learning, cooperative learning, and service learning and supportive strategies such as electronic methods to the college/university chemistry classroom and laboratory. This symposium series book focuses on the application of active learning methods in teaching analytical science, broadly defined, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The volume includes a wide range of examples of how these methods are being applied at public and private community colleges, four-year colleges, and graduate research universities in the United States and abroad. As such the strategies and materials described in the book should be of interest to analytical chemists, chemical educators, and chemistry teaching faculty and graduate students no matter their area of specialization.
PSYCHOLOGY: MODULES FOR ACTIVE LEARNING is a best-selling text by renowned author and educator Dennis Coon and coauthor John O. Mitterer. This thirteenth edition continues to combine the highly effective SQ4R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Reflect, Review) active learning system, an engaging style, appealing visuals, and detailed coverage of core topics and cutting-edge research in one remarkable, comprehensive text. Fully updated and reorganized, the new edition builds on the proven modular format, extensive special features, and teaching and learning tools integrated throughout the text. While the text provides a broad overview of essential psychology topics ideal for introductory courses, its modular design also readily supports more specialized curricula, allowing instructors to use the self-contained instructional units in any combination and order. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
LEARNING AND BEHAVIOR: ACTIVE LEARNING EDITION, Sixth Edition, looks at learning as an evolutionary mechanism. Chance’s book is stimulating, interactive, and filled with high-interest queries and examples. Based on the theme that learning is a biological mechanism that aids survival, this book embraces a scientific approach to behavior but is written in a lucid, clear language. The reconceived built-in workbook, which is included at the back of every text, has been pared down to be more approachable and less time-consuming for students, with a greater focus on the core concepts and vocabulary presented in the text. Probing essay questions and examples encourage students to draw connections between topics and apply the material to their own lives. Perforated pages allow professors to collect completed workbook assignments easily. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Social Motivation, Cognition, and Linguistic Mechanisms
Author: Megan M. Saylor,Patricia A. Ganea
This book presents new findings on the role of active learning in infants’ and young children’s cognitive and linguistic development. Chapters discuss evidence-based models, identify possible neurological mechanisms supporting active learning, pinpoint children’s early understanding of learning, and trace children’s recognition of their own learning. Chapters also address how children shape their lexicon, covering a range of active learning practices including interactions with parents, teachers, and peers; curiosity and exploration during play; seeking information from other people and their surroundings; and asking questions. In addition, processes of selective learning are discussed, from learning new words and trusting others in acquiring information to weighing evidence and accepting ambiguity. Topics featured in this book include: Infants’ active role in language learning. The process of active word learning. Understanding when and how explanation promotes exploration. How conversations with parents can affect children’s word associations. Evidence evaluation for active learning and teaching in early childhood. Bilingual children and their role as language brokers for their parents. Active Learning from Infancy to Childhood is a must-have resource for researchers, clinicians and related professionals, and graduate students in developmental psychology, psycholinguistics, educational psychology, and early childhood education.
Encourages history teachers to adopt a highly participatory form of instruction in which students learn through activities such as simulations, debates, discussions, and research using primary sources. Contains links to other subjects in the curriculum.
Presents active learning as a teaching method that results in greater student involvement and knowledge retention. Includes modifications to traditional lectures, alternative lecture formats, challenges in active learning, practical strategies, and more.
Social Justice Education and Participatory Action Research
Author: Dana E. Wright
While many educators acknowledge the challenges of a curriculum shaped by test preparation, implementing meaningful new teaching strategies can be difficult. Active Learning presents an examination of innovative, interactive teaching strategies that were successful in engaging urban students who struggled with classroom learning. Drawing on rich ethnographic data, the book proposes participatory action research as a viable approach to teaching and learning that supports the development of multiple literacies in writing, reading, research and oral communication. As Wright argues, in connecting learning to authentic purposes and real world consequences, participatory action research can serve as a model for meaningful urban school reform. After an introduction to the history and demographics of the working-class West Coast neighborhood in which the described PAR project took place, the book discusses the "pedagogy of praxis" method and the project’s successful development of student voice, sociopolitical analysis capacities, leadership skills, empowerment and agency. Topics addressed include an analysis and discussion of the youth-driven PAR process, the reactions of student researchers, and the challenges for adults in maintaining youth and adult partnerships. A thought-provoking response to current educational challenges, Active Learning offers both timely implications for educational reform and recommendations to improve school policies and practices.
This revised edition of Multiple Intelligences in the Mathematics Classroom provides ready-to-use lessons aligned with NCTM content standards to help students gain meaningful understandings of key mathematical concepts.
This active learning edition includes a new, built-in workbook that provides examples and exercises to help students practice and remember what they read in the text. In addition, students read graphs and make their own interpretations of what the information yields about behavior. Each exercise begins with a short lesson, and then has short assignments that range from 1 minute to 30 minutes worth of work -- some are short answer, some are projects, and some are more involved. The workbook also incorporates students exercises for SNIFFY THE VIRTUAL RAT, VERSION 2.0. Known for its currency and clear writing style, PRINCIPLES OF LEARNING AND BEHAVIOR provides a comprehensive and systematic introduction to elementary forms of learning that have been the focus of research for much of the twentieth century. The book covers habituation, classical conditioning, instrumental conditioning, stimulus control, aversive control, and their applications to the study of cognition and to the alleviation of behavior problems. Biological constraints on learning are integrated throughout the text, as are applications boxes that relate animal research to human learning and behavior. The book closely reflects the field of research it represents in terms of topics covered, theories discussed, and experimental paradigms described. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Active Learning is designed for use in study skills or strategies courses in which instructors want a strong focus on helping readers become active, independent learners. The book is unique because it teaches how characteristics of a learner, their knowledge of the task, the materials to be learned, and their strategies for learning interact to influence academic success in college. Topics include: motivation, time management, finding and using campus resources, dealing with professors, active learning strategies, test taking strategies, and rehearsal strategies. This book takes a hands-on approach to learning new strategies for academic success. Each chapter contains a Research into Practice section, which translates studying and learning research into solid practices. Scenarios in each chapter present readers with situations they can identify with and asks them to recognize and solve study problems. Readers have ample opportunity for self-evaluation, critical thinking, and practice. For anyone wishing to improve study skills.
C++: An Active Learning Approach provides a hands-on approach to the C++ language through active learning exercises and numerous programming projects. Ideal for the introductory programming course, this text includes the latest C++ upgrades without losing site of the C underpinnings still required for all computing fields. With over 30 years combined teaching experience the authors understand potential pitfalls students face and aim to keep the language simple, straightforward, and conversational. The topics are covered in-depth yet as succinctly as possible. The text provides challenging exercises designed to teach students how to effectively debug a computer program and Team Programming exercises urge students to read existing code, adhere to code specifications, and write from existing design documents. Examples are provided electronically allowing to students to easily run code found in the text.
Author: Linda Schwartz Green,Diane Casale-Giannola
Publisher: Corwin Press
Engage all learners with research-based strategies from acclaimed educators Research indicates that students of all ages and demographics benefit from active learning methods. Award-winning educators Linda Schwartz Green and Diane Casale-Giannola connect research and application with more than 40 easy-to-implement strategies for today’s inclusive classroom. This practical guide includes: Field-tested practices that are easily adaptable to various grade levels and subjects Vignettes that demonstrate how to apply today’s brain-compatible strategies in the classroom Tools for differentiating instruction to serve ALL students, including high-ability students, those with ADHD or learning disabilities, and English learners