The conversational classroom

William M. Waite, Michele H. Jackson, Amer Diwan
2003 ACM SIGCSE Bulletin  
Concepts taught in large, lower-division computer science courses are carefully explained in standard textbooks. Thus we hypothesized that the classroom experience should not consist primarily of a restatement of those explanations by the professor. Instead, it should provide an opportunity for the students to learn through a process of conversation among themselves and with the professor. We were able to establish such a process in a sophomore-level course with an enrollment of 116 students.
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doi:10.1145/792548.611950 fatcat:qdizdzsrhjgmnemm67knva5kxq