Higher Education, Teaching Methods

The Dr. is in the Room

A few years ago Quintin McKellar mentioned the long established link between research expertise and teaching, stating that “Although the evidence for the contribution of research activity to teaching excellence is thin, what exists is largely positive…”. In searching through the evidence, the teaching referred to appears to be the kind of teaching done in an apprenticeship/master … Continue reading

Teaching Methods, The Science of Learning

Teaching is Fostering Learning

I have written numerous articles about The Science of Learning which is the evidence about how people learn, gained through robust, empirical observations, and how the principles extracted from those findings are applied to formal learning settings. Understanding and considering the application of the principles underlying The Science of Learning, as a means of providing … Continue reading

Discussions, Teaching Methods, The Science of Learning

Science of Learning: Group Discussions Compared to other Teaching Methods

Class or group discussions are a fairly traditional way of teaching students through the use of seminars and other tutorial gatherings. Other than conducting laboratory or field studies, the four primary methods of teaching are lectures, questions and answers, demonstrations, and discussions. Abbas (2015) compared these four teaching methods and measured each of the following … Continue reading

Lecturing, The Science of Learning, Thinking & Learning

Science of Learning: Self Correction

I wrote earlier this week about cognitive flexibility as a hallmark of higher order thinking skills. Closely following the flexibility to consider different thinking is the second (and I think the most important) of the characteristics of higher order thinking skills. This is the characteristic of the willingness to self-correct. In education one of the … Continue reading

Lecturing, The Science of Learning

Science of Learning: Lecture Enhancements

Any discussion about lecturing in higher education is bound to become passionate with proponents going to great lengths to defend their practice but with little or no evidence to support their assertions. The most effective argument for continuing to lecture is about the enhancement of traditional lectures with various methods (active learning) to engage students. … Continue reading

Teaching Methods, The Science of Learning

Science of Learning: Discovery Learning

I don’t normally write about non-higher education subjects but an article in today’s CBC Alberta news prompted me to say something about discovery-based learning. Discovery-based learning is not problem-based learning, which has been demonstrated to work extremely well when it is done right – something very difficult to do. Discovery-based learning is where children are … Continue reading