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Going Beyond the Spoon-feeding Metaphor

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Going Beyond the Spoon-feeding Metaphor

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Spoon-feeding: it’s a familiar metaphor that implies doing too much for students, doing what they should be doing for themselves, and making something easier than it should be. I heard it used recently in reference to a well-organized, detailed online syllabus that made explicit everything students had to do and why they were being asked to do it.

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