Teaching the Next Leaders: Challenges for the University Professor

By Rheba Vetter.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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A primary purpose of professors' roles is to prepare students for transitioning from the university setting to the working world. The students of today are the leaders of tomorrow. This is a diverse world where leaders are needed to address thinkers, problem-solvers, ethical, motivational, risk-takers energy, health care and environmental issues. Leaders must be visionary and have high expectations. Thus, professors are not only disseminators of facts, but they also guide future leaders through processes of constructing and applying knowledge. Some of the various charcteristics of Generation Y students include: technological savviness, short attention spans, media-driven, visually stimulated, impatient and tolerant of diversity. Due to an emphasis on rudimentary learning combined with the pressure of high scores on standardized tests, students have not been challenged to develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Therefore, professors, must address these learner needs by implementing student-centered methodologies that are relevant and experiential, as opposed to teacher-directed and lecture formats.

Keywords: Leaders, Generation Y, Effective Teaching

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.419-426. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 629.364KB).

Dr. Rheba Vetter

Assistant Professor, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO, USA

Dr.Rheba Vetter teaches university dance and movement sciences courses. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Dance from Texas Woman's University, a Masters of Education from Boston University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Utah. She has taught in private and public school settings. She has also worked in the private business sector. She performed professionally with a modern dance company in Boston.


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