The Effect of Active Learning Activities on Knowledge Acquisition and Knowledge Application

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studies; active learning; knowledge acquisition; competition; teaching; professional development; impact analysis

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The Academy of Business Education

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Journal of the Academy of Business Education


This study examines the effect of active learning activities on knowledge acquisition and knowledge application by comparing three different teaching methods: traditional lecture, in-class competition, and tri-fold competition. We found that student performance on knowledge acquisition was better in the traditional lecture in comparison with in-class competition and tri-fold competition. On the other hand, in comparison with traditional lecture, student performance on knowledge application was better for the tri-fold board competition, but not for the in-class competition. From a practice standpoint, these results suggest that combining traditional lecture and active learning methods might be an optimal choice.

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