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January 16, 2006

Academics' frustrations

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?


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