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The engagement of students in active learning (ie learning by thinking, doing and reflecting) is a key feature of the geography, environment and related disciplines at the University of Gloucestershire. A 'swap shop' workshop on this topic was held in the School of Environment in January 2004. The intention of the workshop was to take stock of the wide range of forms of active learning which occur in courses and to provide an opportunity for staff to exchange and reflect on their experiences. So much excitement was engendered by the event that it was decided to put the case studies together as a book.
The book contains an introduction and twenty-seven examples of active learning which are used in the School of Environment and related schools at the University of Gloucestershire. A preface is co-written by Sir Ron Cooke, Chair of JISC, past Chair of HEFCE's Teaching and Learning Committee, and past President of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers, in which he refers to active learning as 'the magic in the classroom'.
The key audience for this book is our colleagues in geography, environment and related disciplines such as community development, ecology, landscape architecture, planning and tourism. However, many of the case studies, particularly those concerned with key skills and improving students' performance at assessment, are transferable to other disciplines. They are especially useful for illustrating workshops on a range of topics featuring aspects of active learning. Sufficient detail has been included for the reader to see how the ideas have been applied in practice. Contact details of the innovators are given at the end of each case study so that further information may be sought. Book reviews
Engaging Students in Active Learning is available electronically in pdf format (148pp, 1.45Mb)
It is also available as a bound book for only £7 per copy, plus post and packaging via our online store. More