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An interesting look at the use of silence in teaching (I’ve experimented with the use of silence in some of my speaking engagements):

In “If silence is golden, we should invest in it during seminars” (8 August), Robert Zaretsky, professor of history in the Honors College, University of Houston, suggested that silent pausing in seminars, for instance, could be a good idea: in my view, he’s quite right. However, to say that “there seems to be little research into the pedagogical uses of silence” is incorrect: many researchers have been working on this for years. Research into the pedagogical uses of silence is wide-ranging and interdisciplinary.

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