Teaching Resources

Active Learning Evidence

Resource Overview

Scholarly articles and books providing evidence about active learning

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Research on active learning

A growing body of evidence suggests that “active learning” techniques – where students actively engage course material in class – are a very effective teaching strategy. The benefits of active learning have been studied extensively in a wide-variety of disciplines across the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.

The items listed below include both primary and secondary sources from active learning research.

The books are a great place to start if you’re new to education research in higher ed or are looking for an overview of evidence-based teaching more broadly.

The articles are primarily peer-reviewed studies exploring the effectiveness of various active learning techniques.

Selected Highlights


Links take you to the WashU Libraries e-book version, when available.

Scholarly Articles

Links follow the DOIs to the articles’ permanent locations. Articles may also be available through Washington University Libraries.

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