Do students engage more with lessons when a flipped classroom is implemented?

One of the reasons my lessons are primarily teacher-led is because the large volume of content that has to be covered at A-level leaves very little time for student-led activities. One way to free up more time would be to get students to do some of the teacher-led work themselves. One way to do this could be achieved would be to implement a flipped classroom. This is the technique whereby students review lesson material in advance of a class, freeing up time in the class for more student-led activities. In effect, the homework is the lesson material and what was previously done as homework is now completed in the class.

I have heard about flipped classrooms and have previously conducted some basic research around the area and I’ve wondered whether I could implement something similar. However, I didn’t want to make any significant changes to my teaching without first considering the implications. In order to ensure I approached this in a considered and informed manner, I decided to conduct an action research project into flipped classrooms to see whether or not they could be beneficial and improve the engagement of students in lessons.