Teaching

Fish to Profs: Stick to Teaching

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Should we be worried about politics creeping into the classroom? Professor and columnist Stanley Fish enters the fray with a new book.

Evaluating Faculty Quality, Randomly

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A new study uses one institution's unusual method of assigning students to courses to test the link between teacher quality and student evaluations.

Mapping Student Learning With Precision

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In ambitious, long-term effort, West Point maps and measures a multi-layered set of outcomes across the curriculum.

Space Constraints

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In a discussion of growing enrollments within existing facilities, experts focus on identifying and alleviating bottlenecks.

'Teaching Nonmajors'

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Many professors dream of inspiring students to share the excitement that attracted their instructors to a discipline. The reality is that this isn't always going to happen. Many times, of course, professors teach students whose interests are elsewhere and who are enrolled just to fulfill a requirement. A new book offers advice on teaching these students. Teaching Nonmajors: Advice for Liberal Arts Professors (State University of New York Press) is by P.

Spatial Change

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To facilitate more interactive teaching, one college considers a different type of classroom. The barriers to building it are instructive of sometimes conflicting trends in college planning.

'Teach Them to Challenge Authority'

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Stanley Fish may be telling academics to keep their opinions to themselves, but Gregory S. Prince Jr. thinks it is time for colleges to stop trying to make their classrooms neutral. Prince, the former president of Hampshire College, argues for professors to take all kinds of positions -- as a tool for challenging their students.

Shifting Winds in Arabic Teaching

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Breaking with the long-standing norm for Arabic instruction, Cornell program combines instruction in written and spoken language -- an approach catching on elsewhere.

The Politics of Election Day Classes

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Civic-minded students advocate for canceling or excusing absences from classes; many colleges leave the matter up to individual professors.

A Broader History Major (and Professor)

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In-depth study suggests a shift in focus for the discipline, based on its role in liberal education, not just its own field of study. Graduate education seen as key area for change.

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