Saturday, 14 January 2012

The potential value of teacher training

From Tomorrow's Professor 1065

As education scholars Randi Nevins Stanulis and Robert E. Floden showed in a 2009 article in the Journal of Teacher Education, those who participate in mentoring have significantly higher teaching scores than those who do not receive mentoring on teaching. An effective curriculum for mentoring new faculty members should include four components:

* review of educational theory
* development and mastery of a diversity of teaching techniques
* collegial networking and the reciprocal process of testing theory
* examination of teaching practices

Those who were exposed to such a curriculum in medicine, nursing, law, and the humanities overwhelmingly reported significant improvements in their classroom teaching skills, according to a 2009 study in Medical Teacher.

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