Students Want More

What happens when a brilliant person, a leader in their field, just isn’t a great teacher? It’s a problem if they’re teaching an important university-level class. Students in England have been complaining about just this situation, and it seems like academic institutions are making changes to deal with it.

One of the more common reasons students believe teachers aren’t doing their best is their work outside of the classroom. When a teacher is writing a book, conducting major research, or managing some other important project, they cut back on attention to students. Feeling that their tuition is the source of teacher wages, students are dismayed.

PhD students, who make up a large portion of one-day teachers, usually participate in a mandatory three-day training program. There they learn about different learning styles, how to manage a classroom, and general education. More recently, PhD students are presented material pertaining to their particular subject. It is generally believed, in academic circles, that teacher training gets better and better with each passing year.

But the students have a perception that the teaching isn’t all that great. While they need to develop as learners, their perception is ultimately very important for academic institutions to survive. It’s ultimately an issue of consumer needs – when students pay so much for their education, their expectations are high. One wonders how sustainable that is.

from Mark Tuminello – newest post from the blog of Mark Tuminello

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