Employing Active Learning and the Flipped Classroom Model in Developing Countries: Opportunities and Challenges

Employing Active Learning and the Flipped Classroom Model in Developing Countries: Opportunities and Challenges

Ajlan M. Alshehri (Institute of Public Administration, Saudi Arabia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9680-8.ch014


This chapter examines the discourse on the need to employ active learning and flipped classroom model in educational settings in developing countries particularly in Saudi Arabia. Specifically, this chapter examines the concept and importance of Active Learning and Flipped Classroom Model. It also reviews the efforts and readiness of educational settings for implementing these instructional approaches. The chapter also elaborates and discusses various opportunities, which surround active learning and flipped classroom model in educational settings. Additionally, the chapter illustrates primary challenges that might hinder the implementation of active Learning and Flipped Classroom Model.
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Potential Of Flipped Learning

The student is the cornerstone of educational process. Thus, all the modern developments and trends in learning process revolve around him, starting with the relationship between the learners and the teachers, curricula, learning environments, tools and technical aids in the learning process. There is no doubt that the emerging trends in teaching are one of the features of the modern age, marked by characteristics and attributes, which contributed to employ those trends in the educational field, and therefore influence heavily the educational process and interested parties.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Active Learning: A method of learning allows students to use many skills such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation of what they are learning to achieve effective learning outcomes.

Developing Countries: A group of countries, spread around the world, characterized by low level of economic and social comparison with developed countries.

Employing Learning Methods: Those technologies innovations that represent a progressive step in a particular area and achieve a competitive advantage over other existing technologies.

Flipped Learning/Classroom: Modern way of learning focused on the use of modern tools and means of learning, such as technical and various technical media, so that the teacher prepared them, and reviewed by the student at home, and then allocates the lecture time in the classroom to discuss and comment on those tools and methods.

Transformation: The use of technologies to provide all educational services effectively.

Individual Differences: They are deviations and differences from the average group in certain traits such as physical attributes, mental and psychological.

Educational Settings: Places that offer the educational services to students according to specific objectives.

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