Article Abstract


Teaching Strategies for a Learner-Centered Classroom

Strategy:                Article Abstract

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Intent: Provides active strategies for students to read and analyze articles in a discipline.


  • Instructor selects an important article from discipline being studied.
  • Students write a summary or abstract of the article.                         


  • Provides students a chance to think critically about research being conducted in their discipline.
  • Students can develop an understanding of research concepts as they relate to their discipline.
  • Students learn how to comprehend and explain a research article.


  • Students might be required to find their own articles, pending approval by the instructor, instead of having one provided.
  • Students might find another article that promotes a divergent perspective from the original article, write an abstract, and compare the two views.

Additional Information:

  • Bean J. C. (1996). Engaging Ideas: The professor’s guide to integrating writing, critical thinking, and active learning in the classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishing.



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