From the Library of the Literacy & Learning Program

From the Library of the

Literacy & Learning Program

To browse through the LLP library or to request articles on a particular aspect of teaching and learning, contact LLP Coordinator Elizabeth Renfro (Sutter 245,ext. 6319). If you have articles on teaching and learning that might be of interest to your colleagues, please send us a copy or full citation so we can add them to the LLP library.

Teaching Large Classes

Although the majority of current research agrees that smaller classes generally enhance student learning (and faculty enjoyment of teaching), university economics seems to mandate a number of "jumbos." These large classes present a number of challenges, not the least of which is the resulting paper load for the instructor. Other considerations include the difficulties of facilitating class discussion, making some degree of personal connection with students, and devising active learning strategies. The articles (and annotated bibliography) below address these concerns and others, providing concrete suggestions and theoretical foundations for the strategies suggested.

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_______ Using Classroom Research in a Large Introductory Science Class. How classroom assessment techniques get and give feedback, transform a passive course into an active one, and improve student retention and success.

_______ Student Involvement: Active Learning in Large Classes. Good overview of active learning and specific techniques: interactive lectures using questions, small groups in large classes, problem solving, and critical thinking, debates and role-playing.

_______ Teaching Critical Thinking and Writing Through Debates. Debate format to stimulate critical thinking in large classes. Benefits: cooperative learning, research skills, presentation development, and pre-writing technique.

_______ Reflections on Teaching a Large Class. Techniques author used to a) reduce negative effects of physical and psychological distance, b) increase personalization, c) increase resources available without destroying [himself] in the process.

_______ Selected Bibliography: Teaching Large Classes Name:__________________________ Dept. & zip:_______________

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