Teaching is not telling

There’s one thing that hasn’t changed in higher education despite student complaints. The reliance on lecturing prevails (“A Perennial Question: What Makes a Good College Teacher?” The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, Aug. 20).

It’s the widespread belief that telling is teaching. Yet all research confirms that this is the poorest way to educate.  Students remain passive listeners while professors drone on.  All attempts to point professors to the benefits of pedagogy are vehemently resisted. Nothing will ever change as long as research is the No. 1 factor in granting tenure. 

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