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ERIC Number: ED505674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
A Definition of University Teaching: A Perhaps-Swiftean Modest Proposal
Jenner, Donald
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"Teaching" is usually used in the Academy without a clear sense of what is meant; the result is imprecise and ineffective teaching. The standard lines-- that teaching is a matter of applying approved methods, that teaching is mostly a matter of teaching skills-as-means to some career or whatever--are reflective of failure in the Academy, measured in its "defect rate" of around 30 percent. The definition of teaching I sketch--skills adopted from a theoretical foundation, in turn based on a critique--is well-founded in the scholarly tradition. Understood as strategic, and properly implemented, it suggests a way to address the defect rate. Such a definition is, however, challenging to an Academy at the end of an ancien regime. (Contains 12 footnotes.) [Paper was written for 20th World Congress of Philosophy, August 1998 and revised June 2009.]
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY.