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Kevin J.Maguire

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Registered: 12/6/04
Lecturing/Co=operative Learning
Posted: Jun 29, 1995 6:11 PM
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Good morning everyone,
Reading the postings over the last few days there appears to be a
schism developing between "lecturing" and "co-operative learning". Need
this split develop? I don't consider it necessary to divide into one
group or the other. I believe that "lecturing" can be encompassed into
the "co-operative learning" model.
At the commencement of each session all that Ben Preddy lists can
be included (albeit in a "not too long" monologue) as an introduction.
The teacher's role throughout the lesson is to circulate - not catch up on
some other task as has been suggested; to pose challenging questions (to
facilitate the development of metacognitive skills); to keep group
members on task; and to learn from one's students.
Obviously there are many other lines which the teacher may follow
throughout this section of the "class lesson" - my list is brief.
Following the group work of the lesson comes the "follow-up" phase where
the whole class comes together to discuss each group's findings, to justify
their results and to note dissenting opinions; to share learning and to
question each other.
Hope this challenges further comment.

Kevin J. Maguire
School of Education Telephone: 61 3 9479 2080
La Trobe University

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