The search for active learning: Lessons from a happy accident

Hedley Bashforth, Nitin R Parmar

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This article suggests that the concept of ‘active learning’ has different meanings. These meanings are created in the dynamic and variable relationships between the uses of learning technologies and approaches to pedagogy. Institutions play a key role in mediating these relationships, privileging some meanings of ‘active learning’ over others. More dialogical forms of active learning call for changes in the mediating role of the institution. This article draws on a case study of the use of Electronic Voting Systems to teach social research methods.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationC-SAP e-Learning Forum: sharing materials and practice in the social sciences
PublisherHEA Subject Network for Sociology, Anthropology, Politics
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • pedagogy
  • consumerised
  • EVS
  • learning technology
  • reflexive
  • active learning
  • dialogical
  • commodified
  • institution


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