What is it about?
For our course on social science research methods, we have created a flipped classroom with blended learning, in which we reversed the traditional set-up of a university course. Basic knowledge transfer takes place via an online environment, where knowledge clips, reading materials and exercises are located. This has freed up class time for active learning exercises, through which students practice with new research methods and techniques. We have found that this course design improves students’ performance, because they get a better experience of what it is like to do research.
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Why is it important?
Many scholars will acknowledge that they developed their own research skills not from studying textbooks or listening to lectures, but simply by doing it. Nonetheless, much research methods education tends to be taught in a traditional, teacher-driven way. Meanwhile, educational studies have found that active learning leads to better student performance, such as deeper understanding of course contents, better retention and higher testing scores. Our article present an innovative course design, the blended flipped classroom, to help students become better researchers.
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This page is a summary of: Activating the Research Methods Curriculum: A Blended Flipped Classroom, Political Science and Politics, May 2019, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/s1049096519000581.
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Interview with Natascha van der Zwan and Alexandre Afonso on blended flipped classroom (in Dutch, pp.16-17)
Read more about the blended flipped classroom project in this interview (in Dutch) with Natascha van der Zwan and Alexandre Afonso. Source: “Online basisvaardigheden leren, offline verdieping zoeken,” Best of Both Worlds. Het Toevoegen van Online Ervaringen in Campusonderwijs, Universiteit Leiden, 2019, pp. 16-17.
Blog series on the blended flipped classroom in Research Methods (in English)
Read more about the blended flipped classroom in Research Methods in this 5-part blog series (in English) by Natascha van der Zwan and Alexandre Afonso on the Active Learning in Political Science blog.
Leiden University website
Article page on the Leiden University website
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