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The Great Divide: Why Colleges Are So Reliant On Lecture Rather Than Hands-On Teaching

Posted by Tahlea Jankoski on April 25, 2016



Lecturing is one of the oldest teaching methods known to man. Ancient philosophers shared ideas by using this method. And as everyone knows, in addition to teaching by example, parents have used "lectures" since the beginning of time. 

Teaching the masses

Past generations of college students remember the large lecture halls with hundreds of students sitting captive, each with a professor delivering a dry, monotone message about an even dryer topic. However, teaching methods have evolved and are continuing to evolve. With the advent of technology, students know they have more choices. 

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Topics: comparison of lectures and hands on learning, universities not hands on, pros of hands on learning vs lecture, lecture vs hands on learning

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