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[Phys-L] Lecturing is unethical if you value decreasing the drop rate. Scott Freeman

Scott Freeman, lecturer in biology at the University of Washington, gave an outstanding talk at Arizona State University on Sept. 12, 2014, entitled (after Eric Mazur's comment last May) "Is lecturing unethical: A meta-analysis of active learning across STEM disciplines".

He does NOT lecture -- and he teaches 700 biology students in a huge auditorium. During 6 years of his experimentation with active learning, the LESS he lectured, the lower the drop rate; hence, overall, the BETTER the student learning.

Follow this link to Scott's presentation: .

If that doesn't suffice for you: The first half of his talk at ASU followed closely the detailed summary, audio transcription, & 39 slides of his talk at M.I.T. in 2012:
Evidence-based teaching in introductory biology, by Scott Freeman

Not only does Scott Freeman find that lecturing is unethical if you value decreasing the drop rate, he also finds that his active learning methods are CHEAPER. Watch his talk at ASU to see and hear him.

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