The Case Against Lectures

Physicists Seek To Lose The Lecture As Teaching Tool
American Radioworks – January 1, 2012

Professors at University of Maryland and Arizona State discuss the evidence that only 10% of undergraduate students in physics classes successfully learn key concepts from lecture-style instruction.  Eric Mazur, an instructor at Harvard has shifted his approach, forming students into small discussion groups to tackle physics problems together.  Information transfer, the essence of most lectures is accomplished through assigned readings and class time is focused on problem-solving.  This “peer instruction” style improves student retention of concepts and can be accomplished with large class sizes.

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