The educational value and effectiveness of lectures


  • Lectures have been criticised for being outmoded, ineffective and inefficient

  • If lectures are compact and well-structured, a lot of knowledge can be transmitted to a lot of students

  • When students are fully engaged their attention span seems infinite

  • In a small group discussion, a tutor can be authoritarian and oppressive

  • Lectures can not only transmit knowledge, but also stimulate higher-order thinking

  • Learning should be closely related to understanding and solving real-life problems