The usual lec­ture

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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,

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