The iSearch research program explores the development of ecological and active learning across the life span. The projects we are currently running investigate different aspects of active learning:

  • Information searchHow good are children’s active learning strategies? We analyze the effectiveness of children’s information search and hypothesis testing strategies, such as question asking and selective exploration, identifying potential sources of developmental change.
  • Ecological learning: Are children’s active learning strategies adaptive? Ecological learning is defined as the ability to flexibly and dynamically select those active learning strategies that maximize efficiency in different learning environments.
  • Benefits of active learning: Is active learning beneficial as compared to more passive forms of instructions? For example, do children learn better what they have learned in an active learning study setting?