Exploring Tensions in a Mathematical Course for Engineers utilizing a Flipped Classroom Approach
Flipped Classroom approaches to teaching are becoming increasingly popular in higher education, but there is a lack of empirical research. We present here a study performed during an engineering course for 20 students at a Norwegian university, on student appropriation towards Flipped Classroom through interviews, questionnaire, video/quiz usage statistics and classroom filming. We approach this research through an activity theoretical framework, focusing on tensions experienced as the students try to tackle the demand of video preparation and active learning in class. In line with much of the recent research on the topic, we find that most students seem to appreciate more collaboration with peers and teacher. However, there is also evidence that the new form of teaching creates various tensions; a minor part of the cohort demonstrates conflicting beliefs about mathematics learning, resisting the active learning part of Flipped Classroom.