Are College Lectures Unfair? is the headline of a column in The New York Times reviewing new research about the ineffectiveness of college lectures, though the same could be said, of course, about them in high school, too.

Their research talks about “active learning” being a better way, and they talk specifically about using low-stakes tests. Though inductive learning also provides plenty of opportunities for students to review the same material, and that’s my preferred instructional strategy (see
The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching).

Here’s an excerpt:


The Times article doesn’t include links to the original research, but you can find them here.

I’m adding this post to The Best Research Demonstrating That Lectures Are Not The Best Instructional Strategy.