Should Profs Leave Unruly Classes?

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Threat by two engineering professors at Ryerson U. revives debate over how to respond to rude students.

He Won't Censor Himself

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Shit happens.

That's reality, according to Daniel Petersen, who has taught philosophy for 21 years at Hawaii Community College and the University of Hawaii at Hilo. And it's a reality he shared -- in those words -- with his students. Now he says he is sharing that reality in the collapse of his teaching career, which he attributes to the aftermath of a complaint from the father of a student over a few instances of profanity in his class at the community college.

Mentoring 101

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Guiding undergraduate students can be personally rewarding and support good teaching, a panel of historians notes. So why is it left to chance?

Can Students Learn to Learn?

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Colleges experiment with metacognition as a means to change behaviors and improve performance.

Ethos Matters

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Researchers find that institutional identity trumps policy when it comes to whether professors think their institutions value teaching.

Ramping Up Rigor

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Lynn University in Florida finds a way to answer general critiques of academic quality: a return to a retooled core curriculum.

'The Heart of Higher Education'

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While many college faculty members and administrators are focused on budget cuts or research agendas, Parker J. Palmer and Arthur Zajonc have issued a call to return to what they think matters the most: teaching, and teaching in an "integrative" way that moves past individual disciplines. Their appeal comes in a new book, The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal (Jossey-Bass).

Laptop and Battery (Arrest)

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Valdosta State University police charge a professor after he shut a student's computer during class.

Far From Standard

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New guidelines for teaching writing seek to build "habits of mind" instead of touting specific methods.

Words From Wartime

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For veterans in college, “writing what you know” is not so simple.


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