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EDITORIAL
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 107

Active Learning


Professor & Head, Department of CNE & Research, College of Nursing, CMC, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Web Publication19-Feb-2021

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Vinitha Ravindran
Professor & Head, Department of CNE & Research, College of Nursing, CMC, Vellore - 632 004, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijcn.ijcn_11_21

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Ravindran V. Active Learning. Indian J Cont Nsg Edn 2020;21:107

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Ravindran V. Active Learning. Indian J Cont Nsg Edn [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Nov 27];21:107. Available from: https://www.ijcne.org/text.asp?2020/21/2/107/309845

It is my pleasure to bring out 20th year issue of IJCNE. The journal has come a long way taking baby steps but yet keeping a steady pace and now with the release of this issue, we look back with grateful hearts for all the support that the editorial team received over the years. The core focus of engaging nurses in life-long learning has been achieved through the years of publication. At this era of emphasis on learner-centred and learner-paced methods of teaching, scientific publications serve as vital resources for learning. I am glad that we have included an article on Team-Based Learning in this issue which emphasises on active participation of students in learning.

Active learning method has evolved as a contemporary teaching-learning method that is popular in all disciplines now. As a student-centred method, in active learning, the teachers/educators step down from the stage and stay at the side of the classroom allowing opportunities for students to initiate and continue the learning process. While teacher still makes majority of the decisions and leads the class, the students participate in pacing the learning process by actively dialoging with the content and interacting with their peers. In active learning students from being passive listeners become engaged in learning activities in class to meet the learning objectives.[1] Introducing activities in class and promoting student engagement are the essential principles of active learning strategy. The premise of active learning is that interactive learning brings about satisfactory learning experiences and positive learning outcomes. Evidence from review of the literature suggests that activities improve retention and student engagement improves conceptual understanding and test scores and corrects misconceptions.[2] Appropriate learning activities that are introduced strategically in class promote reflective thinking and allow students to apply, synthesise and generalise concepts that are learned.[1]

Lectures with powerpoint presentations in nursing do not any more sustain the attention of students or ensure comprehensive learning outcomes. Nursing faculty must introduce creative and innovative active learning strategies that will engage students in referring, reflecting and re-forming concepts learned in classroom teaching. In a practice profession like nursing, active learning will be vital means of bridging theory-practice gap.



 
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1.
Center for Educational Innovation. Active Learning; 2020. Available from: https://cei.umn.edu/active-learning. [Last accessed on 2020 Dec 28].  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
Prince M. Does active learning work? A review of the research. J Eng Educ 2004;93:223-31.  Back to cited text no. 2
    




 

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