Focused Interactive Learning: A Tool for Active Class Discussion

Helen C. Harton, Deborah S. Richardson, Ricardo E. Barreras, Matthew J. Rockloff, Bibb Latanã©

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Focused Interactive Learning (FIL) is a tool for teaching psychological concepts through student participation in a focused discussion with other class members. Students from 5 upper and lower level psychology courses participated in FIL exercises in which they answered several multiple-choice or opinion questions on their own and then systematically discussed each item for about 2 min with other students before giving a final answer. FIL increased student test performance, helped them get to know other students in the class, and had a small effect on students' self-reported participation and interest in psychology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-15
Number of pages6
JournalTeaching of Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Psychology


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