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Click for larger version (43K) Sixty percent of the 309 readers who took part in our latest survey are involved in teaching. The average amount of time our readers spend educating the up-and-coming varies widely, from less than one hour per week to more than 20 hours; the average is 10 hours per week. Our readers have various teaching duties, with lecturing and individual instruction being the most frequently mentioned. The majority, 83%, are enthusiastic, or even more so, about their place

July 28, 2003


Sixty percent of the 309 readers who took part in our latest survey are involved in teaching. The average amount of time our readers spend educating the up-and-coming varies widely, from less than one hour per week to more than 20 hours; the average is 10 hours per week. Our readers have various teaching duties, with lecturing and individual instruction being the most frequently mentioned.

The majority, 83%, are enthusiastic, or even more so, about their place at the lectern, as evidenced in their comments: "Enthusiastic students can stimulate everyone's environment and improve productivity," wrote one participant. On the benefits to their research, another wrote: "Teaching increases my awareness and understanding of many less well understood scientific issues."

A few, however, would love to lose their pointers and lesson planners: "Teaching is simply not a valued activity. The only thing that matters is obtaining overhead-paying grant support." Said another: "At this point in my career, teaching is an unnecessary distraction which I am forced to partake in for financial reasons."


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