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Active Teaching and Learning in Cross-National Perspective


  • The authors would like to thank the International Studies Association for funding a Catalytic Workshop on “Active Teaching and Learning in Cross-National Perspective,” from which this project arose, and workshop participants for their important contributions and feedback. The authors would also like to thank Rita Frost, Ashley Huddson, Rachel Myers, and Stephanie Sparrow for their research and editorial assistance on this project.
  • [Corrections added February 5, 2015, after original online publication: grammatical changes have been made to this article to improve clarity.]


Recent developments in globalization, education, and technology suggest exciting possibilities for cross-national active teaching and learning in international studies. This paper reviews scholarship on the potential for systematic and intentional cross-national pedagogical innovations in international studies. Three critical themes are identified and explored: culture and cross-national education, collaboration across contexts, and the need for systematic assessment. Each plays an important role in facilitating effective active teaching and learning cross-nationally. A broader examination of the opportunities and challenges of cross-national education in international studies suggests guidelines for a systematic, collaborative cross-national approach to an emerging active teaching and learning research agenda.

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