Maryellen Weimer of the blog Faculty Focus, discusses the strengths of active learning over lecturing in her article Move Evidence That Active Learning Trumps Lecturing. Weimer refers to a study conducted of 225 STEM class students whose exam scores showed an average improvement of 6% on exam scores when taught using active learning practices versus traditional lecturing.
Weimer attributes the increased improvement in student retention with active learning to the fact that students are able to better mimic more life-like situations when they are actively learning as opposed to lecturing. Lecturing may instill students with a sense of what the correct information and actions are for learning process, but having students actively participate in the learning process is more engaging and enables students to put their knowledge to use.
To read the full article, click here: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/more-evidence-that-active-learning-trumps-lecturing/