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Active Learning for Library Instruction


“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

portrait of Benjamin Franklin

"Benjamin Franklin" by Joseph Siffred Duplessis is in the Public Domain


[S]tudents must do more than just listen: They must read, write, discuss, or be engaged in solving problems. Most important, to be actively involved, students must engage in such higher-order thinking tasks as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Within this context, it is proposed that strategies promoting active learning be defined as instructional activities involving students in doing things and thinking about what they are doing.

Bonwell, C.; Eison, J. (1991). Active Learning: Creating Excitement in the Classroom AEHE-ERIC Higher Education Report No. 1. Washington, D.C.: Jossey-Bass.