In response to an article published in Science on improving learning in a physics course. They pretty clearly demonstrate that when comparing two streams of a physics course, that an interactive experimental approach is better than being taught even by the best lecturer. Hmm, I’d just like to say I’m gobsmacked.
Let’s get something out of the way – it’s fantastic that this is being publicised and acknowledged but……SERIOUSLY?! This is published in SCIENCE and any secondary school teacher could tell you this – and the best ways to implement it.
I mean it’s 2011 – we have trains that float, invisibility cloaks, a (broken) probe on one of the moons of Saturn. We have put several men on the moon and are able to emulate the conditions billionths of a second after the big bang. Yet this is still published in Science.
Is teaching humans really that complicated? In the same issue that talks about the structure of the polar ice caps of mars?
1) Louis Deslauries, et al. “Improved Learning in a Large-Enrollment Physics Class” Science 332, 862(2011) DOI:10.1126/science.1201783