The Teacher’s Role

“The teacher’s role is to stimulate questions.” – Professor Glenn Rand, 2005

According to Professor Rand, in order to effectively use questions students should be encouraged to:

  1. Ask questions early (when the learner becomes aware that there is a misunderstanding or gap in the learning flow)
  2. Use understandable words (avoid jargon)
  3. Keep asking until you get an answer you truly understand
  4. Ask questions in the proper sequence (sometimes questions may be premature)
  5. Respect the teacher if they say they will get to back to the question later.

For more excellent information on the role that questions play in both teaching and learning in art and design classes, please refer to Chapter 3 of Professor Rand’s book, “Teaching Photography: Tools for the Imaging Educator”.

“Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.”

– Josef Albers, artist and teacher, (1888-1976)

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About Jane Alden Stevens

Jane Alden Stevens is a photographer and educator who is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati. An active artist, Stevens has exhibited and published her work extensively both in the US and abroad. She is the author of “Tears of Stone: World War I Remembered” (2004). In the course of her teaching career, Stevens taught courses in film, photography, and professional practices for fine artists. Her interest in teaching practices was deepened when she started teaching the "Graduate Teaching Workshop", a required graduate level course for fine artists and art historians that prepares them to teach the courses they will later be assigned. She was also involved in the Preparing Future Faculty program at the University of Cincinnati, which prepares masters and doctoral students across all programs for teaching at the university level. She has conducted pedagogy workshops for a variety of universities, as well as participated in academic practicum panels at educational conferences. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, Stevens was honored with the all-university Cohen Award for Excellence in University Teaching at the University of Cincinnati in 2002 and Professor of the Year honors in her college in 2011.

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