Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Undergraduates want more handholding

A college writing instructor recently commented that undergraduates want more handholding these days. In the September 21 Chronicle of Higher Education, Lynda Lambert wrote that she has seen a noticeable change over her seventeen years of teaching. Students, she said, now believe faculty members should be “essentially giving them the answers to the questions we pose.” Students “expect assignments with finite parameters, clear grading paths, and a checklist of things they can tick off to get an A.” But, she wrote, giving students a map “does not teach them how to drive.” Instead, they should be challenged to engage in analysis. That point is particularly relevant in the law school setting.  


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