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December 12, 2020

Harvard EdCast: The Amateur Enterprise of College Teaching

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JILL ANDERSON, Harvard Graduate School of Education

How much has college teaching really changed in 150 years? Not very much, according to Jonathan Zimmerman, an education historian and professor at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. In his latest book, The Amateur Hour, Zimmerman traces the history of undergraduate teaching practices in the United States and how it has yet to reach a level of professionalization. “There is some pretty good knowledge about what constitutes good teaching, but most college teachers aren’t aware of that knowledge, and most of all, they’re not required to master it and demonstrate their mastery of it,” he says. “That’s why it’s still an amateur enterprise, the teaching part.

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