Teaching as storytelling

3 Jan

I’ve never subscribed to the current vogue In HE of ‘Lecturing = BAD, anything but Lecturing = GOOD’, but I’ve bever had a particularly good argument against it, beyond ‘Look what David Attenborough does, it’s just an illustrated lecture’. I’d happily acknowledge that bad lecuring is probably the worst sort of teaching, but I’m just not convinced that all lecturing is inherently bad. All f that said, I was really pleased to come across this paper over the Christmas break :

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The paper is facinating to me for a couple of reasons, in that it rather perfectly sums up my approach to teaching and I have no recollection of having read it before, even though it comes from a time what I had just begun teaching in HE.

So, a genuine question for those who believe that ‘lecturing’ is bad. If ‘storytelling’ has been the means of passing on knowledge for the vast majority of human history, why now is it a problem ???

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