ERIC Number: ED035374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec-22
Reference Count: 0
The Graduate Student as Teacher.
Clark, Kenneth E.
College Teaching today is in many ways a primitive profession, for there are no standards to insure that only qualified practitioners enter the "guild." The prevailing stereotypes give the impression that only those with certain formal credentials are qualified as teachers. Teachers should be selected on the basis of natural communicative abilities rather than credentials alone, and should be further trained in the art of classroom presentation. Those who have responsibility for the conduct of higher education are to be severely indicted for their neglect of classroom teaching as one of the arts. If graduate student teachers are examined, it will be discovered that they do things quite differently than would be expected. In a study at the University of Rochester, it was discovered that there was serious misunderstanding among the administration, faculty, and student teachers about the role of graduate students in the instructional process. However, a large number of undergraduates were "delighted" with the role that the graduate student teachers were playing. The student teachers expressed a desire for more training and supervision in teaching than they had received, and were very open to change. The graduate student, having just come through his own undergraduate program, is a great resource in the campaign to improve the quality of undergraduate instruction. (DS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Historical Association, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: University of Rochester NY
Note: Speech presented to meeting of the American Historical Association, Washington, D.C., December 28-30, 1969