qdurham at aol.com
Tue Oct 28 11:50:37 EST 1997
>We have an official lab size maximum of 24 here at Trinity, but in practice
>it is rarely achieved except in the intro course.
Face it, a lot depends on the structure of the labs. We were able to handle
100% hands-on physics classes for 8th graders with classes no larger (and sure
as hell no smaller ) than 28. Students worked in teams of two -- probably a
good idea at any level. Lots of industrial noise.
Of course we could always suggest to the goof-off kid that "If this program is
a little bit mature for you, Mary, perhaps you'd be more comfortable working
out of the textbook." Worked almost every time.
If it works for hormonally-confused eight graders, can't see why it wouldn't
work at any other, more rational, level.
We held to the 28 on safety grounds.
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