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Scientific Teaching

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Science  23 Apr 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5670, pp. 521-522
DOI: 10.1126/science.1096022

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  • Teaching and/or research

    The teaching and research at the institutions primarily imparting undergraduate science education, particularly the applied sciences such as medicine, pharmacy, and nursing, are two different activities. The fact seems to have been taken into consideration by Cech (2003) and Wood & Gentile (2003). No doubt, research is an activity that has significantly contributed much to the quality of life in all spheres. The scie...

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  • Cultural change takes more than faculty

    I, too, was heartened by this article, and I mostly agree with what Dr. Langenberg has to say. It will, indeed, require a cultural shift in order to change attitudes about teaching, and such a change will take a long time to be realized. I don't disagree that (tenured) faculty are critical for driving the situation forward, but I think he dismisses the institutional aspects too easily. One of the reasons that teaching...

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  • This Requires a Fundamental Culture Change

    I was delighted to see "Scientific Teaching" in Policy Forum. It is a very useful contribution to the growing chorus of voices calling for increased attention to the science of learning and teaching -- of science and of everything else.

    In their second paragraph, the authors point to the fundamental challenge. Most professorial researchers take for granted that they must have a deep understanding of their dis...

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