The "good professor" as perceived by university instructors

Mordechai Miron*

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The purpose of this study is to answer the question: What is the Israeli instructor's conception of a "good university professor?" The study deals with the instructor's conception of the characteristics of the "good professor" with regard to the department in which he is teaching. A sample of 51 instructors from two departments were asked to select the three most important characteristics of a "good university professor" from a list of fifteen. It was shown that instructors attached primary importance to the professor's ability to spark intellectual growth. Of secondary importance was his method of instruction. The professor's traits connected to his academic status and his personality were of relatively little concern. There was unanimity among instructors from the two departments in their conception of what a "good professor" should be. They singled out characteristics that fall under the heading of delivery. A disparity exists between the instructor's conception of the "good professor" and the students' conception.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-215
Number of pages5
JournalHigher Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1985


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