TA's as the Key to Science Teaching

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In 1997, Elaine Seymour was one of the authors of Talking About Leaving: Why Undergraduates Leave the Sciences (Westview). She found that a reason cited by student after student -- at a range of institutions -- was poor teaching. And at many institutions, teaching assistants were a major part of the problem.

Not Just Child's Play

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“90 AD: A recently built Zulu city fell to my forces today. It was burned to the ground. Pity, it had quite a nice view of the ocean.”

That’s a journal entry from the emperor of Japan. The virtual emperor of Japan, anyway.

“130 AD: Persia contacted me today. Apparently, he finally convinced Cleo to introduce us. He seemed annoyed. In exchange for his World Map, I taught him Polytheism.”

What You Do All Day

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New data explore how professors at different kinds of institutions spend their time -- and how much time they spend on work.

The Teaching Agenda

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At meetings of economists and of historians, scholars trade ideas on syllabuses, lecture classes, homework, silent students and more.

Rate Your Students

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Fed up with RateMyProfessors.com? A new Web site offers you equal time.

The New Class Monitors

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Ignoring faculty objections, group at UCLA offers students money to tape professors and pass along course materials.

Changing the Incentives

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At most colleges, faculty with extra duties get reduced teaching loads. Duke professors asked for -- and are getting -- new options.

Poorly Prepared Graduates

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A month after a literacy study embarrassed many colleges, new research points to problems with computation.

Flexibility Required

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Ohio State and UT-Austin -- 2 of the largest universities in U.S. -- may revamp requirements with theme-based sequences.

Faith on the Quad

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Scholars issue draft "declaration" calling for expanded role of religion in curriculum and student life -- at religious and secular colleges.


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