An aid or a burden? 2

May 27, 2005

In a sense, who can disagree with recent letters in support of PGCHEs? It is true that a PhD does not certify anyone to be a good teacher.

And it is certainly true that lecturers become better at using PGCHE management-speak. But are we better lecturers afterwards? I do not feel I have learnt much, if anything, from gaining the qualification. No wonder everyone I know talks about it as another useless administrative hurdle to clear to secure tenure. It almost makes me want to leave for my native US.

Thom Brooks. Newcastle University

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