Klemow. K. M. 1990. Attributes of an Outstanding Teacher: Results of a Survey at Wilkes University.Contributed paper: Pennsylvania Academy of Science meeting. Abstract: Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science 63:217.
Considerable attention has recently been given to
the quality of education in the U.S. However, the traits that
characterize a teacher or a course as being "outstanding" are poorly
understood. To that end, 660 undergraduates and 96 faculty at Wilkes
University were surveyed to better identify those attributes that
make a professor outstanding, in the view of each group. For incoming
freshmen, the three most frequently mentioned traits were: a caring
attitude toward each student's achievement, an ability to understand
each student's problems, and friendliness. For sophomores, juniors
and seniors, the three most frequently mentioned traits were: an
ability to explain the material well, a thorough knowledge of the
subject, and a caring attitude toward each student's achievement.
Interestingly, the three traits listed most often by Wilkes faculty
were the same as those listed by the upperclassmen, except that the
faculty cited a thorough knowledge about the subject most frequently.
The results of the survey suggest, first, that the perceptions of
students change substantially during their freshman year, but that
they remain fairly constant afterwards, and second, that
upperclassmen and faculty share similar views concerning the specific
qualities that make a professor outstanding.
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