Saturday, March 27, 2010

Could 'Precision Teaching' and the Wider Education Community Learn Something From One Another?

Some blog followers might be interested in a post titled “Could ‘Precision Teaching’ and the Wider Education Community Learn Something From One Another.”


The abstract reads:


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ABSTRACT: In response to “Re: Confessions of a Converted Lecturer #2” [Hake (2010b)], Joshua Garner (2010) of the behaviorist-oriented “Precision Teaching” SClistserv list wrote: “By applying simple behavioral psychology principles in a college physics class student performance increased. . . . duh. . . . by the end of the video I said to myself, 'Gee this guy is using direct instruction and active student responding (in an around-about way)’. ”


But, the wider education community generally regards Mazur's approach as the constructivist-oriented “Interactive Engagement,” loosely speaking, the polar opposite of “direct instruction.”


The insularity of education research was further demonstrated by SClistserv's J.W. Eshleman (2010) who, responding to “Re: Confessions of a Converted Lecturer #5” [Hake (2010c)], referenced three methods to measure and enhance the degree of student learning in a “lecture,” all developed *within* the Precision Teaching Community (PTC), ignoring such methods developed *outside* the PTC - over 30 such are discussed in the double-asterisked references to this post.


Considering the Garner and Eshleman posts, could the "Precision Teaching" and wider education communities learn something from one another?

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REFERENCES [Tiny URL's courtesy http://tinyurl.com/create.php .]


Eshleman, J.W. 2010. “Re: Confessions of a Converted Lecturer #5,” SClistserv post of 22 Mar 2010 14:16:47-0400. Online on the OPEN! SClistserv archives at . SClistserv is short for “Precision Teaching/Standard Celeration Charting.” The masthead at the archives http://tinyurl.com/y8twxf6 reads: “The Standard Celeration listserve (SClistserv) came about to serve all people interested in precision teaching (PT) and standard celeration charting. . . . . . .” As indicated in Hake (2007), Ogden Lindsley (1991, 1992), a disciple of B.F. Skinner, is evidently the founder of “Precision Teaching” and inventor of the “Standard Celeration” chart (SCchart). For other references see Fluency.org http://www.fluency.org/ ; “Precision Teaching Hub and Wiki Blog” [Claypool-Frey (2010)l; “Precision Teaching and Standard Celeration Charting” [Kubina 2010); and the Standard Celeration Society [SCC (2010)]. For a good set of references see Clayton et al. (2007). For related books see e.g., Gardner et al. (1994), Heward et al. (2004), Heward (2008), Johnston & Pennypacker (2008), & Vargas (2009). Vargas (2009) discusses (a) Lindsley's development of “Precision Teaching” and the SCchart; (b) “counts” as a measure of behavior; and (c) interpretation of the SCchart.


Garner, J. 2010. “Re: Confessions of a Converted Lecturer #2,” SClistserv post of 20 Mar 2010 18:54:50-0700; online on the OPEN! SClistserv archives at http://tinyurl.com/y8o6mge.


Hake. R.R. 2010, “Could 'Precision Teaching' and the Wider Education Communities Learn Something From One Another?" online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at http://tinyurl.com/ye5rrnq. Post of 25 Mar 2010 11:47:54-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract is also being sent to various discussion lists.


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