Tuesday, July 25, 2006
This is interesting. A study that purports to find no correlation between law professors who are productive scholars and those who are rated effective teachers by their students. I don't know how good the study is, not having looked at it, but I don't find the results all that shocking. So few of us can be outstanding both as scholars and teachers, not to mention as athletic prodigies, and spiritual inspirations, as well as paragons of a profound Christian humility. A few questions-- I wonder how effective student evaluations are at measuring teaching effectiveness? I have seen studies that suggest that good looking teachers who don't demand much from students rate highly. I wonder why active scholars tend to rate lower? Do they invest less or try less hard as teachers? Teach at too high a level? Find teaching less satisfying, and that shows? Emphasize the theoretical aspect of law, which students are notoriously indifferent about? Now we need a study to see how blogging law professors do as scholars and teachers.