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Lecturing Verses Self Study In First Year Engineering Technology Course

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.680.1 - 6.680.6



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Bob Lahidji

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Session 2148

Lecturing versus self-study in a first year Engineering Technology course.

Bob Lahidji, Ph.D.,CMfgE

Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI. 48197 734-487-2040


This experiment compares the degree of learning and comprehension between lecturing and self-studying methods of educating. The result of this experiment is reported and a comparison between the two methods of learning is examined.

I. Introduction

Currently, the majority of teaching is done in a traditional format: lecturing. With the advent of the Internet and the explosion of information that is now available, "should lecturing still be the most prominent teaching method?"

Lecturing as a teaching method has been around since ancient times, and it is still the most common method of teaching. However, the world around us has changed in many ways in the past decades such as the explosion of information that can be partially attributed to technological advances in the field of electronic media. The electronic medium is the newest methods of delivering knowledge in today’s educational environment. However, still a great deal of teaching is done by lecture, which causes students to become passive learners1. The Willcoxson study concluded that the lecture, as a traditional form of instruction, can provide means to transfer knowledge and information to the learners, and students in the study were found to "approach lectures with the desire to learn.” but students shown little enthusiasm for the lectures2.

II. Purpose

The purpose of this study is to report the findings of the comparison between two different teaching approaches, lecture versus self-studying. The results of this study will provide a guideline for the implementation of an appropriate teaching method.

Lahidji, B. (2001, June), Lecturing Verses Self Study In First Year Engineering Technology Course Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9509

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