Lesson 1: Benefits and Limitations of Lecturing
"Given the recent invention of the printing press, why do college professors continue to lecture so much?" -Anonymous
- A large amount of information can be covered.
- Can instill enthusiasm and motivation for further study.
- The lecturer can cover material and/or highlight current research not available in accessible printed materials.
- Allows for maximum teacher control.
- Less threatening to students.
- Learning by listening and watching is emphasized.
- Does not necessarily promote independent thought or the development of problem solving skills.
- Students may be passive.
- Students attention wanes within the first fifteen to twenty-five minutes of the lecture.
- The instructor may lack feedback regarding student understanding.
- Information is quickly forgotten.
- Lecturing presumes that all students learn at the same pace and level, and have the same learning style.
- It is assumed that when teachers talk, students listen.
- Students are not necessarily held accountable in preparing for class.