1999

Engaging students in the classroom, at Faculty Workshop on The Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Wednesday, May 12, 1999:
Education is more than just transfer of information, yet that is what most instructors focus on in large lecture classes. Eric Mazur will demonstrate how technology in large classes can help engage the students, turning them from passive receivers of information to active participants in the learning process.
Peer Instruction: Turning a lecture into a seminar, at Physics Colloquium, University of California San Diego (San Diego, CA), Thursday, May 6, 1999:
Education is more than just transfer of information, yet that is mostly what happens in large introductory courses - instructors present material (even though this material might be readily available in printed form) and students take down as many notes as they can. This format tends to reinforce the idea that learning is about acquiring information rather than gaining new ways of thinking. In fields such as physics, in which learning consists primarily of developing new thinking skills, this is disastrous. Students get frustrated because their study strategies are inappropriate, and thus... Read more about Peer Instruction: Turning a lecture into a seminar
Teaching Science: Transferring information or engaging the mind?, at Peer Instruction Workshop for Science and Math Teachers, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Wednesday, May 5, 1999:
THE MATERIALS RESEARCH SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CENTER at Harvard University announces a workshop for middle and high school science and math instructors on Peer Instruction by Professor Eric Mazur. The basic goals of Peer Instruction are to exploit student interaction during lectures and focus students' attention on underlying techniques. It has been assessed in many case-studies using standardized, diagnostic tests and shown to be twice as effective as the conventional lecture approach to teaching. Peer Instruction is now employed in a wide range of science and math courses at the college... Read more about Teaching Science: Transferring information or engaging the mind?
Peer Instruction: Discussion and 'brains-on' demonstration, at Peer Instruction Workshop for Science and Math Teachers, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Wednesday, May 5, 1999:
THE MATERIALS RESEARCH SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CENTER at Harvard University announces a workshop for middle and high school science and math instructors on Peer Instruction by Professor Eric Mazur. The basic goals of Peer Instruction are to exploit student interaction during lectures and focus students' attention on underlying techniques. It has been assessed in many case-studies using standardized, diagnostic tests and shown to be twice as effective as the conventional lecture approach to teaching. Peer Instruction is now employed in a wide range of science and math courses at the college... Read more about Peer Instruction: Discussion and 'brains-on' demonstration

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