How University Teachers Perceive Incentives and Obstacles in Modernizing Their Teaching

Barica Marentič Požarnik,* Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Abstract

What obstacles impede introducing necessary innovations in teaching in higher education? What can be done to overcome them? These basic questions were analyzed on the basis of opinions gathered from five groups of participants from different disciplines that attended a course on improving university teaching at the University of Ljubljana in 2013-2014. Those findings cannot be generalized, as participants represented a specially motivated group of teachers (they volunteered to attend the course). Nevertheless, they can give us some valuable insights into forces that shape university teachers’ everyday teaching practice.

Keywords: pedagogical excellence, faculty incentives,  student evaluations


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