I wrote last post about a reference in a book pointing to a Haidet et al. study suggesting that lecture-based learning could be as effective as more active forms of learning (at least at that particular time for that particular audience–learners with relatively deep knowledge and highly developed learning skills). I’ve been digging around a little, and it’s curious to me that the Haidet study is cited in the medical and pharmacy education literature as an unequivocal endorsement of active learning.
One example is the 2007 follow-up article I talked about last time. Another is a 2012 literature review of team-based learning (TBL) in medical education settings by Ofstad and Brunner that cites the 2004 Haidet et al. article as providing evidence that learners in TBL programs are more actively engaged in the classroom, which it does. However, in the section of the literature review where the authors review the possible shortcomings of TBL, no mention is made of the findings in the Haidet et al. study that TBL was no more effective and less popular than a comparable lecture.