When lecture is the best
way to teach
There are basically three ways to teach adults:
Fun and games
Question and answer
Lecture is a good method, especially in certain
There is a place for lecture, but lecture has its
limitations, especially in a group setting. I can think of two primary
limitations of the lecture method. . .
If you need to communicate a good deal of information quickly. Lecture can be a very efficient
way of communicating.
If there is
only one person in the room that
knows the truth. Group life should not be about the pooling of
ignorance. I have seen groups fish for the right answer for days when
there is just one person who knows. Say it.
short bursts. Every lesson ought to have some lecture. In my online
lessons I will often put footnotes to the teachers and say, “Preach a
little on that.” Every lesson ought to have a bit of the prophetic voice
of someone saying, “Thus saith the Lord!”
f the material is somewhat
complex one voice will often make it clearer than a group of voices
If you only have an
expert in the room for a limited amount of time. I remember hearing
Dr. Curtis Vaughan speak one time in El Paso, TX. Dr. Vaughan taught me
Greek in seminary and I have enormous respect for his knowledge. I
remember people asking a question about a word that was completely out
of context and off the top of his head he would say, “On page 1232 of
Kittel, volume 4, it says. . .” Anyway, at this meeting in El Paso, he
gave his presentation, then opened it up for discussion. Discussion? Dr.
Curtis Vaughan is in the room. I don’t want to hear us dummies speak. I
want to hear Dr. Vaughan. Let him lecture till the cows come home!
From Good Questions
Have Groups Talking: the book.