Thursday, December 20, 2012

Flipped Learning & Democratic Education: The Complete Report

I recently completed the Flipped Learning & Democratic Education research study as part of the integrative project (think "thesis") for my MA program at Teachers College, Columbia University.  If interested, here is a link to the complete study:

Flipped Learning & Democratic Education (Complete Study)

Here are some highlights from the research:

Democratic Elements of Flipped Learning
  • Personalization Through Differentiation, Asynchronous Pacing, & Student Choice
  • Social Interaction & Student Expression
  • Active & Experiential Learning Experiences
  • Equitable Access to Instruction 
  • Promotion of Student Initiative & Ownership of Learning
  • Development of Critical Thinking & Collaborative Problem Solving
Results From Student & Educator Survey
  • 78% of students have more frequent and positive interactions with their teacher.
  • 79% of students have more frequent and positive interactions with peers in class.
  • 80% of students have greater access to course materials and instruction.
  • 79% of students have a greater opportunity to work at their own pace.
  • 69% of students are more likely to have choice regarding what learning tasks they engage in.
  • 76% of students have more choice regarding how they demonstrate their learning.
  • 66% of students are more likely to engage in collaborative decision-making.
  • 70% of students are more likely to engage in critical thinking and problem solving.
  • 68% of students report that their teacher is more likely to take into account their strengths, weaknesses, and interests.
  • 83% of students report that their learning is more active and experiential.
  • 96% of teachers report that positive interactions with their students have increased.
  • 84%  of teachers report that interactions between student and student have increased.
  • 96% of teachers report that instruction has become more differentiated and personalized. 

      Brief Conclusion


      The flipped model, along with a supportive school environment that values 21st century skills, student inquiry, and effective leveraging of new technologies, has considerable potential and promise of improving and democratizing education in a profound way.