Should teachers stop lecturing?

01/2/2012 | National Public Radio (text and audio)

Lectures are ineffective, according to physicists who say the teaching technique does not further students' understanding of lessons. However, educators say there has been resistance to eliminating lectures. One educator who has continued lecturing says he adopted a method in which students do most of the talking. "Students have to be active in developing their knowledge," said David Hestenes, a physicist at Arizona State University. "They can't passively assimilate it."

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