When faculty members choose to implement instructional methods that are learning-centred, this may represent a change for students; and some resist engaging. In this exploratory case study research, 172 students shared what discourages them from being willing to engage with these innovative methods that aim to facilitate their learning. Questionnaire and interview responses revealed eight key themes that are used to create a comprehensive barrier framework, and comparative analyses assist in reducing the findings. A fishbone diagram provides a possible planning tool for practitioners, and theoretical connections to the Reasoned Action Approach model are explored to further distill the findings.
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The author wishes to thank Kenneth McKay for his insights and contributions to the research study as well as colleagues Julie Timmermans and Veronica Brown at the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Teaching Excellence for their editorial contributions.
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Ellis, D. What Discourages Students from Engaging with Innovative Instructional Methods: Creating a Barrier Framework. Innov High Educ 40, 111–125 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10755-014-9304-5