Teacher Training in Universities?

You know I found the PGCLTHE particularly helpful, and it's interesting that the idea of University 'teacher training' still causes so much debate (and a certain lack of enthusiasm amongst staff): Academics are often critical about systems of teacher training and the evaluation of teaching effectiveness. Why is this? Clearly it is not because academics think that teaching is unimportant; most say teaching is important and wish that it were given greater importance in personnel…

Poor marks for compulsory (HE) teacher training

Interesting, having recently completed my PGCLTHE (which I found helpful)... the general gist of the story is that there is support for the idea that all who teach in HE should be appropriately qualified, but there's a debate as to how this should be done, and whether this should aim for 'one size fits all'... It said at the time that it "strongly recommended" that all new academic staff "be required" to complete an HEA-accredited…

Is it worth ‘teacher coaching’ at University?

Is 'teacher training' at Higher Education level worthwhile? Well, as someone who's in the Learning & Teaching Development Unit, clearly I think so! I completed my PGCLTHE earlier this year, and found it great to challenge my thinking on the way that I teach, and it's changed my practice hugely. There's plenty of comments on this story in the Times Higher Education: Where academics were instructed on how to teach better, Dr Robson said, peer…

Teaching Overseas: A Cultural Challenge

Fascinating insight into teaching practice from Dr Jennifer Hill, a lecturer who had a six-month tour of Iraq with the Royal Engineers as a Territorial Army officer: But Dr Hill's time in Iraq was not just about serving Queen and country. Working with a completely different set of students made her a better teacher, she believes. "We were there doing post-war reconstruction and helping to get their infrastructure back on track," she said. "I was in…

Submission of ‘Reflective Portfolio’ for PGCLTHE

The Practice of Teaching in Higher Education 29-3-11The first draft had a lot more quotes/background material in it, but I was asked to pull it back to allow more of my own reflections to shine through (and it was too long anyway!). Let's see what happens, eh? Taking it into work on Thursday, and assuming it passes (50% +), then I will become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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