Physicists Seek to Lose the Lecture as Teaching Tool

Physicists Seek to Lose the Lecture as Teaching Tool

"'Students have to be active in developing there knowledge,' Hestenes, [a physicist at Arizona State], says, 'they can't passively assimilate it.'

Rather than lecturing, he makes his students do most of the talking.

'With modern technology, if all there is lectures, we don't need faculty to do it,' Redish, [a physics professor at the University of Maryland], says, 'Get 'em to do it once, put it on the Web, and fire the faculty.'

Some faculty are threatened by this, but Mazur, [a physics professor at Harvard], says they don't have to be. instead, they need to realize that their role has changed. Mazur sees himself now as the 'guide on the side' — a kind of coach, working to help students understand all the knowledge and information that they have at their fingertips. Mazur says this new role is a more important one."

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