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ERIC Number: EJ1078748
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0313-5373
In Defence of the Lecture
Webster, R. Scott
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, v40 n10 Article 6 Oct 2015
In response to the lecture format coming under "attack" and being replaced by online materials and smaller tutorials, this paper attempts to offer not only a defence but also to assert that the potential value of the lecture is difficult to replicate through other learning formats. Some of the criticisms against lectures will be challenged, in particular that they are monological and promote a banking concept to learning. To make this argument, Freire's "banking concept" and Vygotsky's notion of "inner speech" shall be referenced and it shall be claimed that listening is a virtue. There is a review of some of the unique features of lectures and it shall be argued that the sort of thinking, appropriate for higher education, can be encouraged by the lecturer as "expert thinking aloud," embodying what it means to know, to think and to action one's academic freedom as a curriculum worker.
Edith Cowan University. Bradford Street, Mount Lawley, West Australia 6050, Australia. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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