Don’t Lecture Me: Rethinking How College Students Learn

Eric Mazur, Mind/Shift, Feb 21, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

What strikes me is that, after the standard rejection of the lecture format, Eric Mazur talks about "the benefits of practicing peer instruction in class, rather than the traditional lecture." It reminds me of John Stuart Mill's autobiography, in which he comments that while he benefited enormously from the practice of teaching his younger brothers, his younger brothers gained rather less. So my question for Eric Mazur is why he would think having students instruct each other is any real improvement on lectures.
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