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).

Class Time

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.

Class Time spent Lecturing