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Large Lecture Classes Having left the confronting atmosphere of home schooling or typically small high school classes,

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Large Lecture Classes Having left the confronting atmosphere of home schooling or typically small high school classes, college freshmen's find it difficult to adapt to large lecture classes. There classes are varying in size from 50 to 200. In my fall class, Chemistry 1301, Professor Dr. Young teaches approximately 70 students every morning. Typically, classes like Chemistry 1301 at Baylor University contain 70 to 100 students. Numerous problems arise in these outsized lecture classes. First, large lecture classes prevent students from asking questions, about matters they do not understand. Students are inhibited from asking "dumb" questions. They are left thus prevented from understanding the material and cannot further develop ideas about the material being taught. In my case, asking questions has become very difficult, because I feel that my inquiry is irrelevant and unimportant to the subject a hand. Asking a question has become a rarity in typically large lecture classes. Furthermore, the professor goes too fast to take notes. Because of the large student body count, professors do not spend enough time explaining the material. ...read more.

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Large lecture classrooms prevent professors to work with students. Finally, professors cannot determine students learning difficulties until it's too late. This in turn, stops the progress of a student's learning curve. The student's production of knowledge cannot be determine and evaluated by the professor. Evaluation by the professor is fundamental it helps the student to keep up with his studies and gives the professor the change to explain a student's strengths and weakness. In addition, knowing a student's learning difficulties; the professor can ease the student's tribulations and recommend answers that will eventually help him in an exam or assessment. To every problem there is a solution. The obvious solution is to decrease the size of all classes. This would allow students to learn more. In smaller classes, students can actually engage the material rather that just memorizing for exams. Smaller classes allow more one-on-one attention between students and professors. Dr. Marshalita Sims Peterson, an associate professor of education at Spelman College says, "Not just a single year of a smaller class size or a reduction in ...read more.

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In addition, workbooks developed by the professor and given to the students at the beginning of the semesters entail details that are not stressed in the lecture or text. Workbooks provide a focus for information and make available testing through old quizzes. Furthermore, it provides a summary of information and study guide and exercises can be assigned. Even though each solution is effective and can help decrease the size of lecture classes, there are some drawbacks. For example, small classes cost more and might reduce course offerings. This drawback can allow classes with low demand to be cut, but the necessary funds should be taken out of upper-division classes. In conclusion, large lecture classes create much unease for a typical college student. Students cannot ask questions, the professor goes too fast in taking notes and relationship between students and professors have become impersonal. With this said the solution in the problem is to create smaller classes, have undergraduate teaching assistants and the professor should assign a workbook. Personally, if these solutions were placed the large lectures should help rather hinder student's academics. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mirdadul Khandaker April 28, 2007 English 1301, 64 ...read more.

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