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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol 1, No. 1. March 9, 1938

Lectures Lashed

Lectures Lashed.

"What do you consider the proper function of a University?"

"One of the primary objects of a University is to safeguard and hand on the accumulated knowledge of the ages, and at the same time, to develop the technique of further pursuit [unclear: of knowledge."]

"What do you believe is the most effective method of ensuring this object?"

"The ideal method of developing thought and understanding, of ensuring the Integration of knowledge with human life, is by the free interchange of ideas, and the sharing of points of view by people meeting together in small semi-informal groups.

Caricature of Professor Shelley

"I regard the lecture method as inadequate and uneconomic in relation to the educative functions of a University. The best method is for a group of six to twelve people to interchange their views in easy relations with one another, in the presence of someone who is supposed to have learning at his disposal, and who will bring arguments and thoughts back to the path of fact. This method would be more profitable in every way than the lecture method. The lecture method does not sufficiently stimulate intellectual activity in the minds of the listeners, who are necessarily in the attitude of mere absorption."