It’s good to talk – especially in lectures!


Earlier this month I had the pleasure of giving a talk entitled ‘It’s good to talk  –  especially in lectures!’ at Moray House, School of  Education. The presentation focused on my research into the interactions that take place during active learning lectures in physics.

To my surprise both the approaches that I’ve used and the findings uncovered have generated interest and discussions across the disciplines, from education to biology and everything in between.  So to keep the conversation going, here is a short summary of the talk and the discussion that followed it. Thoughts welcome!


For many undergraduate students, lectures are the primary method of instruction, yet they remain very much like a black box; we put students in and expect them to come out having gained something, but very little research has looked in detail at what actually takes place during them, and how (or whether)…

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