Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Very Troubling! Students Know Best How to be Taught?

Socratic Backfire?
by Kaustuv Basu 
Some students didn't take well to Steven Maranville’s teaching style at Utah Valley University. They complained that in the professor’s “capstone” business course, he asked them questions in class even when they didn't raise their hands. They also didn't like it when he made them work in teams.

Those complaints against him led the university denying him tenure – a decision amounting to firing, according to a lawsuit Maranville filed against the university this month. Maranville, his lawyer and the university aren't talking about the case, although the suit details the dispute.

Maranville and his attorney did not return phone calls, but the allegations in the lawsuit raises questions that have been raised and debated about the value of student evaluations and opinions, how negative evaluations play into the career trajectory of affected professors and whether students today will accept teaching approaches such as the Socratic method.

Read more: Inside Higher Ed


rsctt603 said...

wow..when did it stop being learning and starte being preschool again?


Cat Ray said...

I have been debating whether or not I want to attend bible college. Some people are telling me it is a good choice, others are telling me it is not.