Friday, February 14, 2014

Curmudgeonly Comments Concomitant to Corrigan’s “To Lecture or Not to Lecture?”

Some blog followers might be interested in an article “Curmudgeonly Comments Concomitant to Corrigan’s ‘To Lecture or Not to Lecture?’,”
[Hake (2014)]. The abstract reads:

Paul Corrigan has ably reviewed the contentious debate over lecturing. In the present article I borrow from and supplement Corrigan’s Atlantic article “To Lecture or Not to Lecture?” at and his blog entry “Beyond the Lecturing Debate” at so as to include discussion of the following:

1. Lecturing is prevalent but “active learning” is advised by researchers.

2. Nevertheless, some academics defend “lectures.”

3. But such academics often advocate lecturing along with “active learning.”

4. Corrigan distinguishes “lecturing” from “Lecturing.”

5. Physics education research emphasizes higher-level learning and distinguishes “lecture” from “passive-student-lecture.”

6. Positive and negative depictions of the lecture.

7. Depictions of “active learning.”

8. Literary and YouTube criticism of the passive-student-lecture.

9. Nine anti-passive-student-lecture articles.

10. Twelve pro-lecture articles or books.

11. Should One Lecture or Not Lecture?

To access the complete 2.9 MB article please click on

Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University; Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands; President, PEdants for Definitive Academic References which Recognize the Invention of the Internet (PEDARRII); LINKS TO: Academia; Articles; Blog; Facebook; GooglePlus; Google Scholar; Linked In; Research Gate; Socratic Dialogue Inducing (SDI) Labs; Twitter

“People have nowadays . . . got a strange opinion that everything should be taught by lectures. Now, I cannot see that lectures can do so much good as reading the books from which the lectures are taken. Lectures were once useful; but now, when we can all read, and books are so numerous, lectures are unnecessary.” - Samuel Johnson, via James Boswell (1791) at

REFERENCES [URL shortened by and accessed on 14 Feb 2014.]
Hake, R.R. 2014. “Curmudgeonly Comments Concomitant to Corrigan’s ‘To Lecture or Not to Lecture?’,” online as a 2.9 MB pdf at The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists.

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