2006 Class Time
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The average faculty member reports spending more than 42% of their class time lecturing, 17% on small group work, and a bit more than 12% of their time on experiential activities such as labs and field work. The remainder of their time is spent on a variety of activities (e.g., instructor led discussions, student presentations).
- Across course levels, Biological/Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Engineering faculty report spending a greater percentage of time (between 57% and 62%) lecturing while Education faculty spend the the smallest percentage of time (around 26%).
- Within discipline, faculty teaching lower and upper division courses spend approximately the same percentage of class time on the activities in Table 3. The most notable exceptions are for upper division Engineer faculty, who spend a greater percentage of time (63%) than their lower division colleagues (57%) on lecturing.
- Lower division and upper division Education faculty devote a greater percentage of class time (26% and 30%, respectively) to small group work than do their colleagues from other disciplines.
- Biological Science and Professional faculty devote about one-quarter of their class time to experiential work, which in these disciplines is more than likely lab or field work.
The below example highlights a particular classroom activity, in this case lecturing, by course-level and academic discipline. The graph suggests Social Science faculty who teach lower division courses tend to spend a greater percentage of class time lecturing than faculty who teach upper division courses. Also, faculty in Education, regardless of course level, tend to allocate about 20% less class time to lecturing, when compared to the overall mean.