The Importance of Seating Location with Active Learning

Ask any professor to describe a “first-row student,” and you will likely hear a description of an engaged learner who pays attention during class, takes notes, and asks questions. A research study (3) from the 1980s has indicated that undergraduate students sitting in the front and center of the classroom score higher than other students. However, it is unclear whether this same trend would be seen among professional students. The rigorous admissions process for Schools of Dentistry, Graduate Studies, and Medicine selects only the highest-achieving students, possibly eliminating trends seen with classroom seating locations.

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