Friday, October 24, 2014

What Do I Have to Teach?

Inside Higher Ed
October 24th, 2014

Last post I argued that human beings are central to education. This seems obvious to me and is additionally well-supported by research showing that the most important thing that can happen for a student is to work with a faculty mentor who takes an interest in their development.
But the research also shows we aren’t necessarily all that good at it. The Gallup-Purdue survey of life after college shows that when asked whether or not students “had a mentor who encouraged me to pursue my goals and dreams,” only 22% “strongly agree.”
Only 14% of students report “strong” agreement with all three of the questions used to measure faculty support.

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