Lectures and Active Learning

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Lecturing vs. Active Learning Lecturing can be defined as “a speech read or delivered before an audience or class.” (Dictionary.com). On the other hand, active learning is defined by “a learning environment that allows students to talk and listen, read, write and reflect as they apply what they are learning.” (Meyers and Jones). There are many distinguishable differences between these two types of teaching/learning styles. Lecturing may be seen as simply reading as it is derived from the Latin word “to read” (Hanford). Active learning is different. It entails many different types of learning such as cooperative learning which is simply problem based learning and the use of case methods and simulations to promote active learning (Hanford). There are many other ways active learning can be used, such as one minute papers which entail students to answer a question given within a minute time frame so that the teacher may see how or if they are grasping the material (Paulson and Faust). Daily journals are another way active learning is used. They are similar to one minute papers except students record what they learned during the day (Paulson and Faust). Active learning stimulates critical thinking while lecturing only allows the student to listen and tune the teacher out. Lecturing is not always seen as a bad thing. It is a straightforward way to teach students quickly (Kelly). It is also very easy for the teacher to prepare. “Logistically, a lecture is often easier to create than any other methods of instruction.” (Kelly). Lecturing is also beneficial to those who are auditory learners. This type of teaching appeals to their learning style the most (Kelly). Those who learn by listening are prepared for college in this nature because... ... middle of paper ... ...y and understand information better. Works Cited "Active Learning." CRLT. University of Michigan, n.d. Web. 22 Nov. 2013. Dolle, Meg. "Opinions On Students Doing Well In Class." Personal interview. 10 Dec. 2013. Hanford, Emily. "Rethinking the Way College Students Are Taught." Rethinking the Way College Students Are Taught. American Public Media, n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2013. Kelly, Melissa. "Lecture Pros and Cons." About.com Secondary Education. About.com, n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2013. "Lecture." Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2013. "Lecturing with Style." Lecturing with Style. The University of Tennessee, n.d. Web. 06 Dec. 2013. Paulson, Donald R., and Jennifer L. Faust. "Questions and Answers." Active and Coopeative Learning. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Nov. 2013. "TEACHING STRATEGIES." Teaching Strategies. George Mason University, n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.

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