Innovative Techniques for Large-group Instruction

Innovative Techniques for Large-group Instruction

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Size does matter. When you're faced with a class of 50, 150, or even 250 college students, it's tough to head off boredom - much less promote higher-order thinking and inquiry skills. But it's not impossible, thanks to the professor-tested techniques in this collection of 14 articles from the Journal of College Science Teaching . The book starts by examining what research shows about the effectiveness of popular teaching styles. ( Surprise: Lectures don't stimulate active learning.) From there, the authors offer proven alternatives that range from small-scale innovations to completely revamped teaching methods. Suggested strategies include using quizzes in place of midterms and finals, student forums, interactive lectures, collaborative groups, group facilitators, and e-mail and computer technology .An NSTA Press Journals Collection National Science Teachers Association ... Now that the students were warmed up, I put up the first question on the overhead: a€œIf you add glucose to a jar with oil ... therefore I would generally say something like, a€œRaise your hand if your group thinks the answer is that glucose ends ... In addition, students would tend to leave as soon as they finished the quiz , which was disruptive for those completing their quizzes and made collecting quizzes difficult.

Title:Innovative Techniques for Large-group Instruction
Author:National Science Teachers Association
Publisher:NSTA Press - 2002-01-01


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