Teaching on the web
omnell at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Tue Apr 8 15:38:10 PDT 1997
Considering teaching/learning modes, I don't think it is a matter
of either or. In an Oral Radiology curriculum the most effective
teaching/learning outcome may follow from an application of all
the three modalities you mentioned. Also, it depends on how and what you
are testing when you compare the three ways of teaching. If you simply
measure what kind of facts the students brains have been stuffed with
there may not be any major difference between the three ways. However, I
believe that in a one to one teaching/learning situation as wells as when
we are dealing with small groups of students and are having a two way,
free comunication we can instill attitudes and promote critical thinking
in a way that is difficult to do with the traditional lecture. If we want to
develop certain attitudes and critical thinking in addition to accumulation of
facts we must apply test methods accordingly.
Karl-Ake Omnell Phone: 206-543-7087
Professor, Dean Emeritus Fax: 206-685-8412
University of Washington
Department of Oral Medicine E-mail omnell at u.washington.edu
Division of Oral Radiology
Seattle, WA 98195-6370
On Tue, 8 Apr 1997, Julian Gibbs wrote:
> At a recent lunch conversation with colleagues from all over the
> University, a chemistry prof reported on a recent trial in his
> discipline. Learning performance, measured by a final exam, in a
> college chemistry course was measured in three randomly-assigned
> groups: traditional large-audience lecture, small classes, and
> individualized learning. Guess who performed best. That's right, the
> traditional lecture group.
> It seems that the traditional lecture is a very efficient means of
> information transfer.
> Before you ask, I do not know whether the study has been published.
> Further, I'm not sure I can recall who presented it at our lunch.
> S. Julian Gibbs, DDS, PhD Voice 615-322-3190
> Professor of Radiology FAX 615-322-3764
> Vanderbilt University Medical Center
> Nashville TN 37232-2675 mailto:julian.gibbs at mcmail.vanderbilt.edu
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