Friday, February 27, 2009

the Lecture: killing education one class at at time.

Lecturing is the least effective way to teach something. (Teachers and Professors know this). They’re aware of it. Yet, for some reason unknown to the rest of the world, they continue to do it. If you have been a student you’ve been there → 25 minutes into a class and you realize you haven’t heard a word the professor has said the entire time! The lecture has failed to engage you, stimulate your mind, or communicate easily and effectively the material for you to digest.

So why do professors still continue to lecture?

(FYI: This is just an observation and not directed at or responding to any particular professor or class.)

3 comments:

Mr. Imperial said...

Qualms like this are interesting to me.

The best environment I learn in are a modified lecture/seminar format where the class size is small, the professor does most of the talking, but I trust my colleagues enough to also learn from them.

I guess for me that's one of the main issues - trust. Lectures can go either way...either the professor does not interest me (regardless of the subject matter), thus I don't necessary trust everything coming out of his/her mouth, or the professor engages me, thus I more inherently trust what he/she's saying. The more I trust what they're saying, the more I can hear them lecture.

The absolute worst is being in a low-level seminar class where not only do I not trust the professor, but I don't necessarily want to hear what my colleagues have to say either. Fortunately, there aren't many of these.

One of the best classes I've had so far was the Theology of Augustine with Dr. P, because it was the modified lecture/seminar format where I trusted the prof and I trusted my colleagues. I can't numerically describe how much I've learned from that class.

dan said...

thus he was not JUST standing in front lecturing, he was making it an element in a conversation...

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