#53ideas 21 – The most useful training of university teachers does not involve ‘training’


There are currently demands to include the proportion of a university’s teachers, who are formally trained (or at least accredited) in public information designed to help students choose where to study. There are already universities in the UK in which this proportion is claimed to be 100% and others where the central plank of the strategic plan is to achieve 100%. In the majority of Universities in most countries the proportion is zero and most higher education teachers, worldwide, do not have any teaching qualification. Some of these teachers are very good indeed without ever having been trained. The debates that surface from time to time about whether higher education teachers really need training are often driven by an assumption about what ‘training’ consists of – seeing it as a process of drilling in specified techniques to specified standards. Wonderful teachers do a bewildering variety of different things, it is…

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