Monday, May 10, 2010

How Do Students Describe Great Teachers?

"Very Short Abstract" of a paper put out by Oklahoma State:
In personal interviews and questionnaires, students describe great college teachers as those who are dynamic lecturers, clear communicators, and make sincere efforts to relay their concern for students and student learning. Driving these preferences is students' desire to commit to class, improve class focus, and learn the material.

1 comment:

David said...

I clicked your link, and noted that the page you get comments, "The best part of the paper is Figure 2, which is a diagram illustrating the attributes of great college teachers, the consequences of those attributes that students desire, and the terminal values driving the preferences." So I checked out figure 2, and was bemused to discover that "efficient use of time" ranks as a terminal value, along with things like happiness.