While there is not yet a large body of research on Active Learning, there are some sources available.  Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you know of additional research that should be included here.

New and Current Research

Rhoda Creech is currently seeking volunteers for a research study describing teachers’ experiences creating active learning environments for students with dual diagnoses of visual impairment and autism. You may participate if you are a special educator, have taught a student with comorbid VI and autism, and promote active engagement in the classroom. Research involves a 50-minute web-based or telephone interview with the option of checking one’s transcript afterwards. April-September 2020. See flyer for additional details

Creech flyer

Specific to Active Learning

Boestrup, Annette Morell. (2016)   Active Learning at Byhaveskolen, Denmark: An evaluation study of the Visual Communications Class’ concerning the 2015/2016 group of school-starters.  (Translated from Danish)

Dunnett, J. (1997) Nielsen's Little Room: Its Uses with a Young Blind and Physically Disabled Girl.  Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v91 n2 p145-50 Mar-Apr 1997

Johnson, Kenalea; Griffin-Shirley, Nora; Koenig, Alan J. (2000).  Active Learning for Children with Visual Impairments and Additional Disabilities.  Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness. Sep2000, Vol. 94 Issue 9, p584. 10p. 2 Charts.

Nielsen, L. (1991). Spatial relations in congenitally blind infants: A study. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 85(1), 11-16.  http://psycnet.apa.org/record/1991-19089-001

Nielsen, L.  (1996). How the approach of guiding the hands of the visually impaired child can disturb his opportunity to build up strategies for tactile orientationBritish Journal of Visual Impairment, 14(1), 29-31.


A young girl sitting on an Essef board


Related Research 

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Purvis, Karyn B.; David R. Cross; Donald F. Dansereau; and Sheri R. Parris.  (2013)  Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI): A Systemic Approach to Complex Developmental TraumaChild Youth Services. 2013 Oct; 34(4): 360–386.
Yogman M, Garner A, Hutchinson J, et al; AAP COMMITTEE ON PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF CHILD AND FAMILY HEALTH, AAP COUNCIL ON COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA. The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young ChildrenPediatrics. 2018; 142(3):e20182058