An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education* recently described a debate about the connection between teaching and research. One policy-maker was quoted as saying,
“The great researchers aren’t … super narrowly focused on the answers. They’re excited by great questions. Teaching is really about getting students to struggle with and explore those questions.”
This idea – that teaching and research are crucially and necessarily linked – is central in my learning and teaching career. My aim is that students in my courses, as well as those participating in research with me, will gain their own excitement for great questions!
* Berrett D (2011) Want to be a good researcher? Try teaching. Chronicle of Higher Education, http://chronicle.com/article/Want-to-Be-a-Good-Researcher-/128753/