Random Thoughts on Passive Learning and Lectures

This quote got me thinking this morning.

“Passivity isn’t wrong because it’s boring; it’s wrong because it doesn’t work”

Daniels, H., and Bizar, M. (2005). Teaching the best practice way: Methods that matter. Portland, OR: Stenhouse. (quote brought to my attention by this article Rethinking Direct Instruction in Online Learning.

I recently came across a study called Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics written by a host of researchers, Scott Freemana,1, Sarah L. Eddya, Miles McDonougha, Michelle K. Smithb, Nnadozie Okoroafora, Hannah Jordta, and Mary Pat Wenderotha which basically indicates the same thing.

The study of 225 studies stated that undergraduate students in classes with traditional stand-and-deliver lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail than students in classes that use active learning techniques.

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