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Pedagogical innovation in higher education and active learning methodologies – a case study

Andreia Carvalho (ISAL, Funchal, Portugal)
Sergio Jesus Teixeira (Management and Economics, ISAL, Funchal, Portugal)
Leonilde Olim (ISAL, Funchal, Portugal)
Sancha de Campanella (ISAL, Funchal, Portugal)
Teresa Costa (UMa, Funchal, Portugal)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 27 November 2020

Issue publication date: 28 January 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this study is to obtain a broader knowledge of innovative pedagogical practices in higher education, by analysing the particular case of the Higher Institute of Administration and Languages (ISAL). The literature review reveals a gap in this scientific field, and filling this gap is as imperative as the need to articulate higher education with the Students' Profile by the End of Compulsory Schooling.

Design/methodology/approach

This research adopts a qualitative methodological approach, in order to analyse the students and teachers' perceptions of the active learning methodologies implemented at ISAL. Data were collected from a closed-ended questionnaire, aimed at a population composed of students and teachers.

Findings

The literature review reveals a gap in this scientific field, particularly in Portugal. Filling this gap is as imperative as the need to articulate higher education with the Students' Profile by the End of Compulsory Schooling.

Practical implications

With the adoption of this methodological approach, this research intends to verify not only whether the innovative pedagogical practices addressed in the literature review are implemented in this institution, but also to identify obstacles to their implementation. With regard to the results, several pedagogical innovation practices are already implemented, even though some limitations to their implementation are identified.

Originality/value

This research allows identifying indicators that are essential to outline an intervention plan in the pedagogical practices implemented at ISAL or other higher education institutions and contributes to assessing the current state of pedagogical practices in higher education.

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Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (Scholarships and NECE- UIDB / 4630/2020) provided support for this study, to the ISAL Research Center and to the Higher Institute of Administration and Languages - ISAL. The authors would like to thank the comments of the reviewers of this article, which contributed a lot to raise the quality of this study.

Citation

Carvalho, A., Teixeira, S.J., Olim, L., Campanella, S.d. and Costa, T. (2021), "Pedagogical innovation in higher education and active learning methodologies – a case study", Education + Training, Vol. 63 No. 2, pp. 195-213. https://doi.org/10.1108/ET-05-2020-0141

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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