Why Are Lecturing and Questioning Still Around?

Lecturing and questioning have persisted as pedagogical tools because they are flexible and adaptable teaching techniques.

Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

The lecture is 800 years old (Lecture).

Teachers questioning students is millenia-old.

Yet thesestaple instructional practices whilecriticized–often severely by pedagogical reformers are alive and well in charter schools, regular public schools, and higher education. And they exist amid a revolution in teachers and students using high-tech devices in and out of the classroom.

Are these ways of teaching simply instances of traditional practices that stick like flypaper because they have been around for a long time–inertia–or have these practices changed with the times because they are useful ways of communicating knowledge and learning?

LECTURE

Lecturing has been panned by pedagogical reformers for decades. Over and over again, critics have said that lectures are inappropriate because students forget the facts and learn better when they interact with teachers. Furthermore, with so many high-tech ways of presenting information, prepared talks are obsolete. Yet lecturing remains the primary way professors teach…

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