Harv Becker said: >Don't you >find it strange that when you go to a seminar on how to employ cooperative >learning in the classroom, we are lectured to!!!
Harv makes a good point here.
I went to a presentation by an IBM research scientist who began with data showing that 80% of information imparted by lecture is forgotten by the learner within 24 hours (I don't have a reference for this and, I believe, this was the scientist's own unpublished finding). She went on to explain how much more effective interactive multimedia was (especially when using IBM software and hardware :-)) and produced data to support this.
Ironically, the entire 90 minute presentation was in lecture format with only a 5 minute demo of what interactive multimedia looked like. It seemed to never occur to the presenter that her audience was going to lose most of what she said within a few hours (I think I only retained the 2% I just recounted). Here was a perfect opportunity to "practice what you preach" and it was missed.
I have noticed that conferences (NCTM and others) are making an effort to include more workshop style sessions at which the limited seating allows for a more interactive format.