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ERIC Number: EJ1070721
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0748-8475
Smart Classrooms Cannot Replace Remarkable Professors
Groth, Miles
Thought & Action, p39-45 Fall 2007
In this article, the author describes the changing attitudes of students towards their professors as they rely more on "smart classrooms." The author muses over a 30-year teaching career and remembers those professors whose miniature characterizations were about what students--most students--wanted then, the remarkable professor. However, this author believe that what students still want most of all is "us" (professor). They want the memorable personalities as much as the content. But things are changing. More and more, students do not want "us"; instead, they need "us." They need an A. They need a letter of recommendation. They need to get into a certain class that is already closed. These instrumentalities fill needs, but they do not compel students to want something more personal in their lives. This is what the professors the author described had to offer. To be sure, the offer is still good on some campuses and such people can still be found here and there leading a seminar or giving a lecture. On the other hand, the impression is that the offer is being withdrawn at more and more institutions of higher learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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