Education K-12 M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa

Second Reader

Nathan Elliott


This literature review identifies the impacts that using active learning has on elementary school students and student achievement. Research to seek this information began by identifying different studies using an active learning approach and then verifying that they were elementary students and had a focus on the impacts of using that style of learning. Results indicated different forms of active learning implementation, impacts on students academically, and impacts on students non-academically. In the end, students who are taught and engage with an active learning approach benefit positively in a variety of ways from the use of this approach. Some of these ways include success in learning different content taught, improved language skills for English language learners, achievement gap closure, high student engagement, motivation, attitudes and behaviors, autonomy, critical thinking skills, and efficacy.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis