Top 10 Must-Read Research Papers in January

Higher Ed January 20 / Special / January 27, 2020

– Jon Bergmann – 

For this month, I reviewed 62 studies and articles and found some real gems.

This month has one of the penultimate studies I have read to date. The study created a flipped evaluation tool based on the Global Elements of Effective Flipped Learning. All Flipped Learning educators should seriously use this diagnostic tool to evaluate your practice. It was developed by Raul Santiago, María Teresa Sánchez-Compaña and Cristina Sánchez-Cruzado. They developed the tool in conjunction with many of the leading Flipped Learning educators in the world. It is the top research article and you can get the link to the tool below.

Besides the evaluation tool, the study that intrigued me the most was study number 2, which reported about how the researcher created a Flipped Class that enhances student leadership.  

We continue to see that Flipped Learning is a meta-strategy as it enhances other deeper learning strategies. Number 2 is Peer Instruction and Number 3 is Gamification, Number 4 is Project-Based Learning, and Number 5 is how FL enhances the use of student-response systems

Many of the other studies not in the top ten continue to show that Flipped Learning works in a wide variety of content areas. Content areas that I saw demonstrated positive gains in the following areas:

    • Surgery
    • Ophthalmology
    • Teaching English in China
    • Teaching technical writing in the Philippines
    • Teaching English vocabulary to Vietnamese students
    • EFL discursive contexts in a contrastive manner (I have no idea what that means)
    • Physical education for middle-school students
    • Physical activity course in higher ed (two studies)
    • Organizational dynamics
    • Differential calculus
    • E-learning media
    • Behavioral social science
    • Entrepreneurial project management


Jon Bergmann
Jon Bergmann Bergmann
Jon Bergmann is one of the pioneers of the Flipped Classroom Movement. He is leading the worldwide adoption of flipped learning through the Flipped Learning Global Initiative (FLGI) He is working with governments, schools, corporations, and education non-profits. Jon has coordinated and guided flipped learning projects around the globe. Locations include: China, Taiwan, Korea, Australia, the Middle East, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Canada, South America, and the United States. Jon is the author of nine books including the bestselling book: Flip Your Classroom which has been translated into 13 languages. He is the founder of the global FlipCon conferences which are dynamic engaging events which inspire educators to transform their practice through flipped learning.

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