The usual lecture
An analysis of more than 2,000 classes in science, mathematics and technology, at a range of colleges and universities in the US and Canada, has found that the lecture remains dominant: in 55 per cent of the classrooms, class time was spent on “conventional lecturing”. Another 27 per cent of classes were based on lecturing but also had some interactivity, such as students answering multiple-choice questions during class via clickers, found a study published in Science. Only 18 per cent of classes could be classified as emphasising “a student-centred style heavy on group work and discussions”. The authors write that research has found that reliance on the traditional lecture is far less effective at promoting student learning than “active learning” strategies,
Inside Higher Ed reported.