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April and Autism Acceptance

April is a month that is often associated with autism. The United Nations recognizes World Autism Awareness Day and the Autism Society champions Autism Acceptance Month to promote a world where …

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Public Discourse: ABA and Autism

ABA’s application in autism treatment is receiving a lot of attention. From resolutions by the National Council for Independent Living (NCIL) to the Autism Science Foundation’s statement on the use …

Active Learning versus Lecture: The False Dichotomy in the Research Literature

The conclusions that can accurately be drawn are quite limited; we can only say that active learning (as an umbrella term) was generally more effective than lecture (as an umbrella term). However, we cannot pinpoint why active learning courses were generally more effective nor can we make claims that any specific type of active learning (e.g., group discussions, flipped classes, inquiry-based learning) is effective. We also cannot say that lecture is ineffective. For specific conclusions to be drawn (e.g., those relating to which forms of active learning are most effective), we need a systematic study of this approach by isolating and comparing defined and unambiguous features of active learning implementations.