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Student-Active teaching? and learning involves students in the learning process. Certain cognitive research (see constructivism?) suggests that genuine learning requires more than just passive listening — students must discuss, write, ask and answer questions, or otherwise engage in their own learning. These activities in turn require students to use critical thinking skills such as analysis and evaluation (see Bloom's taxonomy? of higher order thinking). Faculty use a variety of approaches in student-active classrooms including cooperative groupwork, debate and discussion, and open-ended problem solving. Formative evaluation — ongoing evaluation of a course — is a critical aspect of student-active teaching because this process helps teachers be more reflective, effective teachers. See also: Cooperative Learning, Formal Groupwork, Gallery Walk, Guided Reciprocal Peer Questioning, Jigsaw, Minute Papers