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Professors and Teaching: Proving an Old Adage Wrong

14 Jan 2013 8:35 PM | Deleted user

A new book challenges what has been thought of as common knowledge: professors do not make good teachers, especially professors at research institutions.

A qualitative study of 55 professors representing a range disciplines, teaching excellence, and demographics were interviewed in depth on their approach to teaching in higher education. Contrary to how many professors are viewed, the studied demonstrated that for those working in higher education teaching is an iterative process that one professor likened to the movie "Groundhog Day." Many professors reported a continual adjusting and improving of courses over years, while others stated their concern for teaching quality often caused them to overprepare.

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