Dr. Krista Muis, Associate Professor, in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology's Learning Science Program was recently interviewed in the Globe and Mail about active learning, as opposed to the the traditional approach in classrooms.
“'We’ve moved from a passive view of learning to one that’s very active,' says Krista Muis, an educational psychology professor at McGill University. For example, a recent meta-analysis found that active learning, which engages students through discussion or activities, improves academic performance in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and adds half a letter to report-card grades. And in a study that is under review for publication, Muis found that learning by teaching helped students in Grades 5 and 6 develop more of the cognitive strategies essential for learning mathematics."
Click on the following link to read the full article of Globe and Mail's "How fresh approaches can foster smarter students".