Better teaching: Active learning - the case against

Poor proxies for learning (easily observed, but not really about learning). Link IMPROVING EDUCATION: A triumph of hope over experience. Page xii

Are Your Students Engaged? Don’t Be So Sure



Inquiry learning is not the solution
Link Blogpost from Greg Ashman

The problem with progressive education
Teachers of Australia – there is another way

Link Blogpost from Greg Ashman
Understanding the PISA 2015 findings about science teaching Link "frequent use of enquiry-based learning [] is associated with worse scores on the science component of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)."
Blogpost from Greg Ashman
More Evidence of the Trouble with ‘Student-Centered’ Teaching Link Blogpost from Paul Bruno at

Australia counts the cost of new-fangled learning

Link Newspaper piece from
Norton is critical of schools’ emphasis on “inquiry-based teaching” at the expense of drills and memorisation. Performance is falling, he says, “not because our kids are dumber; it’s because they haven’t got the basics”.
What does PISA tell us about inquiry learning in science? Link "Unfortunately, the evidence to support inquiry learning is underwhelming." Blogpost from Greg Ashman
“Our research shows that students can be busiest and most involved with material they already know. In most of the classrooms we have studied, each student already knows about 40-50% of what the teacher is teaching.” p.24
  Graham Nuthall in his book The Hidden Lives of Learners’ 
A counter to those who criticise active learning    

Evidence for Various Research-based Instructional Strategies: Countering Critiques

Link From Doug Holton at

Does Active Learning Work? A Review of the Research

Link "It is found that there is broad but uneven support for the core elements of active, collaborative, cooperative and problem-based learning. "
Paper published in the Journal of Engineering Education
“The Silent Killer of Learning" Mazur Criticizes Traditional Forms of Assessments