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Analysis and critical thinking active learning approaches that can be used in the classroom. Use the links below to see documents on how to implement each approach.

ApproachDescriptionOutcome
Analytic MemoStudents write a one- or two-page analysis of a problem or issue.
Analyzing assigned problems using discipline-specific methods.
Categorizing GridStudents sort subordinate terms into the correct categories on a grid.Determining whether, how, and to what extent students understand what information goes together with other information, revealing the implicit rules students are using to categorize information.
Content, Form, and FunctionStudents analyze the what(content), how (form), and why(function) of a particular message.Separating and analyzing the informational message, form, and communicative function of a piece of course content.
Defining FeaturesStudents categorize concepts according to the presence of (+) or absence of (–) critical defining features.Developing skills in categorizing information based on a given set of critical defining features.
Pro and Con GridStudents follow a decision-making process by reviewing an issue, creating a list of pro and con arguments, and making a decision based on analysis of those points.Helping students move beyond their first reactions to an issue by looking at it from different perspectives and weighing the value of competing claims.
Student-Defined QuestionsStudents write questions and model answers for each other, exchange questions, and compare their answers to the model answer.Identifying the essential features of a learning activity while also formulating and answering questions about that activity.

Source/Citation

Angelo, Thomas A., and K. Patricia Cross. Classroom Assessment Techniques: a Handbook for College Teachers. Jossey-Bass, 1993. pp. 159-180.


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1 Analytic Memo (ALC)
1184742022-06-16120
2 Categorizing Grid (ALC)
1184752022-06-16130
3 Content, Form, and Function Outlines (ALC)
1184732022-06-16122
4 Defining Features Matrix (ALC)
1184722022-06-16126
5 Pro and Con Grid (ALC)
1184712022-06-16134
6 Pro and Con Grid (online)
1044082022-05-191368
7 Student-Defined Questions in Large Courses (online)
1047962022-05-191227
8 Pro and Con Grid in Large Courses (online)
1037752022-05-191123
9 Defining Features Matrix in Large Courses (online)
1035842022-05-191416
10 Student-Defined Questions (classroom)
1040922022-05-191707
11 Defining Features Matrix (classroom)
1041132022-05-192329
12 Pro and Con Grid (classroom)
1040892022-05-192125
13 Content, Form, and Function Outlines (classroom)
1041122022-05-192174
14 Categorizing Grid (classroom)
1041072022-05-192407
15 Analytic Memo (classroom)
1041052022-05-193558


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