P366: Effects of POGIL with attendance held constant

Author: Joseph D. Brown, US Coast Guard Academy, USA

Co-Author: Eric Page and Brenton DeBoef, US Coast Guard Academy, USA

Date: 8/4/14

Time: 6:00 PM7:15 PM

Room: KC

Related Symposium: S33

It has been theorized that the increase in performance due to process oriented guided inquiry learning (POGIL) is actually a result of increased attendance. To isolate this variable, a three year study was conducted where one section of a seven section course was taught using POGIL while holding attendance constant across all seven sections. During the first year, the instructor used a traditional classroom delivery style, and in the second and third years a full implementation of POGIL was utilized. There proved to be no difference in performance on the assessments utilized in the course. An increase in self-awareness by the students and their process skills was anecdotally observed by the instructor. Increased attendance alone is enough of a reason to strongly consider changing classroom management styles; however, the perceived increase in process skills, self-awareness of the students, and the overall quality of the interaction between the students and instructors makes POGIL a viable option to the traditional lecture style.