> I would like to initiate a discussion 0n the question "Why do so few > teachers, grades 9-university use interactive learning techniques i.e. groups/ > cooperative/team learning?" > > I have wondered about this issue in a broader sense for a number of years. The underlying question seems to be "Why do so few teachers, especially university level, fail to base instruction on current knowledge of learning theory and effective teaching methods?"
It was always interesting to me that even in the College of Education many professors seemed to instruct by the "Do as I say, not as I do method" where students received, enmasse, lectures and reading material about individualizing instruction, for example. There was no modeling.
I have considered a couple of causes for this:
I remember talking to a couple of friends who were doctoral students (political science or some such thing) and had the usual number of classes to teach as grad assistants. They were very knowledgable in their field, but my question to them was "Where have you learned HOW to teach?" I got blank stares. The attitude was, if I know the subject well enough, of course I can teach it. So, I wonder if upper level instructors have ever been taught to teach and so teach the way they were taught---mainly lecture from an expert?
The other possibility I have considered is that somewhere along the line an attitude or belief developes that says "Little kids learn one way, but adults are something else and the same rules no longer apply" Certainly some of the structure, amount of independence, etc. changes as we grow older, but it seems to me that when we approach a new topic--LEARNING IS LEARNING. Whether we are dealing with a first grader or inservice teachers, the same attention to the individual, group work, practice, discovery, etc. needs to take place.
So, take the average professor who was never really taught how to teach and believes that the adults he is "teaching" know how to learn and only need information from him----will the articles on group/cooperative learning even make sense?
I don't know. Just some thoughts. Comments?........
Rosemary Beck Technology Coordinator/Resource Math Teacher Holaway Elementary School Tucson AZ firstname.lastname@example.org