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What does “teaching the teachers” mean?
The term refers to ways of enabling teachers to develop their ability to help students to learn. It can denote a range of activities and have a variety of outcomes. Boxes FB1 and FB2 outline some of these activities and outcomes.
When considering how teaching ability may be developed, it is helpful to bear in mind the breadth of opportunities available and also the varied outcomes which may be sought.
Well motivated teachers convey their enthusiasm to their students and this encourages them to learn.1 Teachers can be helped to maintain their motivation by knowing that they are doing a good job: that they are helping students to learn effectively. By enhancing teachers' understanding and abilities, teaching the teachers activities can help to nurture enthusiasm for teaching in the face of competing pressures from clinical and other demands.
How can teaching the teachers offer opportunities to hard pressed teachers to increase their ability to teach well and enjoy the process?
Medical schools, postgraduate centres, and numerous other providers offer courses on aspects of teaching …