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Stand By Your Desks

Alan Weeks
Abstract: 

Among the most serious obstacles to the growth of participatory methods of teaching are columns of desks in classrooms. While pupils are forced to sit looking at the backs of their fellows, with the teacher as a sort of perpetual commander in front of them, little participation is feasible. The claims that the column system is best for classroom control and for chalk-and-talk
lessons need to be seriously challenged.

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