Active vs Passive, Traditional vs Innovative; the debate regards which teaching approaches are best still lingers within all facets of education.
Many practitioners will advocate the formal lecture and exposition approach despite the apparent lack of evidence for its success. In fact, Stanford Professor Carl Wieman recently said that “You give people lectures, and (some students) go away and learn the stuff. But it wasn’t that they learned it from (the) lecture — they learned it from homework, from assignments. When we measure how little people learn from an actual lecture, it’s just really small.”
So therefore, surely active learning is the answer??? Well according to Harriet Harper (2013) maybe not!! When using active learning type approaches, you need to be extremely careful that you do not simply provide the learners with a lesson that is “…action-packed but content light and intellectually weak”.
Consequently, it would appear that the debate will not be going anywhere!!! Where do you sit on the debate?? Contribute to the discussion by commenting below…