All entries for Monday 16 January 2006
January 16, 2006
In the Times Higher on 13th Jan is a small survey of anonymous academics on the subject of what they find most frustrating about their students. Their answers?
- Poor written English, especially punctuation.
- Propensity to complain and to take complaints to extreme levels.
- Plagiarism, expecially online.
- Preoccupation with marks.
- Failure to understand the difference between learning and being taught.
- Students who fail through laziness, then try every available trick to get back in.
- Students who don't attend lectures.
- Lack of independent thinking.
In summarising the points made so briefly, I make these complaints sound somewhat more strident and bitter than they actually were in the article; most of the respondents noted that only a minority of students exhibit the behaviour that irked them, and that many of their students were bright, hard-working and reasonable.
I wonder if next week they'll ask some anonymous students what frustrates them most about their lecturers?