2008 Faculty Time: Teaching Practices
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Percentage of Class Time Devoted to Teaching Practices
by Disciplinary Area
The average faculty member reports spending 39% of his or her class time lecturing, 15% on small group work, and 11% on experiential activities such as labs and field work. The remainder of his or her time is spent on a variety of other activities (e.g., instructor-led discussions, student presentations).
- On average, faculty in Engineering, Biological/Life, and Physical Sciences allocate over half the class time to lecturing while faculty in Education devote only a quarter.
- Faculty teaching Education courses spend nearly 15% more class time on small group work when compared to their counterparts in the Social Science and Physical Science fields.
- On average, faculty teaching in Business and Social Science fields allocate the smallest percentage of class time to experiential work (4% and 6%, respectively) whereas faculty in the Biological Sciences and Professional fields devote the largest percentage of time (25% and 19%, respectively).