Lecture Method

Teaching in higher education is often seen as located between two extremes: (1) the traditional ‘lecture’ approach where an authority figure delivers material in a linear manner to the students and (2) innovative methods that involve a greater degree of bilateral exchange between the lecturer and the student body. The ‘lecture method’ is typically characterized by linear delivery of information, synchronous, step-by-step learning, where the speed of delivery of ‘content’ is set at the instructor’s pace, where content is to a greater degree in the instructor’s control, and where content is produced and controlled by the lecturer. This asymmetrical relationship between the academic, who is positioned as guardian of knowledge, and the students, who are relatively passive recipients of this knowledge, is what characterizes ...

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