Memorization or understanding: Are we teaching the right thing?

Presentation Date: 

Wednesday, October 8, 2003


2003 Education and Training in Optics and Photonics (Tucson, AZ)

Presentation Slides: 

Education is more than just transfer of information, yet that is what is mostly done in large introductory courses. Few students have the ability, motivation, and discipline to synthesize all the information delivered to them. "Peer Instruction" shifts the focus in lectures from delivering information to synthesizing information and achieves remarkable improvements in student understanding.