ERIC Number: EJ858367
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 0
Commentary: Is Teaching Privately Academic Freedom?
White, Harold B.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, v37 n5 p307-308 Sep-Oct 2009
In this commentary, the author contends that, if teaching became less private and faculty interacted with each other about teaching more in the way they discuss research, the quality of education would improve. He discusses some ways to facilitate that interaction. In the author's own experience, actually sitting in on a course taught by a colleague, proved very helpful not only from what the author learned about a subject, but also from the teaching strategies used that the author could adopt or adapt. Based on his experience, the author stresses that exposing one's teaching to constructive criticism from peers can lead to changes in the way one teaches and prove an excellent deterrent to stagnation protected by the shield of academic freedom.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Peer Evaluation, Professional Autonomy, Teaching Styles, Professional Development, Criticism, Academic Freedom
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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