Desired Attributes of University Teachers of Bangladesh for Effective Learning

:: Muktasha Deena Chowdhury

The role of a teacher is believed to be of paramount importance, in the primary and secondary level of education. In a controlled environment, with specific syllabus, these teachers enjoy limited freedom in deciding teaching method, mode of examination, assessment process etc. But they generally exercise adequate control over the students in terms of discipline and class management. Often, the students at these levels are greatly influenced by the qualities of their teachers and view them as role models.

On the other hand, university teachers at tertiary level generally enjoy more flexibility in deciding the syllabus, mode of examination, assessment process, method of teaching etc. They deal with more matured students, where teachers are less accountable for students’ academic results, character traits or discipline. As such, role of university teachers, on the lives of students are not that evident. It has not been studied much – how the students at tertiary level view their teachers. What they expect from their teachers? What attributes of their teachers are valued more than the others?

University students are the greatest resource for our future, they are the lights who will remove all darkness from the society and work for a better world. So university teachers must be more careful regarding their students’ expectations. A good teacher can make a world of difference in student’s life, impacting everything from their classroom learning to their long term success. They must possess some attributes like mastery on subject matter, acquaintance with principles of psychology, good communication and presentation skills, examination and assessment skills, leadership for students’ development, ethics & professional behavior. They should treat each student as an individual, by being empathetic and understanding to what may be going on in their lives.

University teachers should have a hungering need to update themselves, to engage in professional growth, to expand and deepen their understanding. They must be attentive to fresh pedagogical techniques, student learning theories, and technological advances. Even the best teachers must continue learning in order to be the best.

If the teachers posses the above mentioned qualities adequately, it will significantly enhance the effectiveness of learning-behavior of the university students in Bangladesh.

The act of teaching is fundamentally concerned with passing ideas, skills and attitude from the teacher to the learner. Dynamic teaching is not possible without a dynamic teacher.

An effective teacher is known through his effective and qualitative teaching. So it can be concluded that quality of instruction in the classroom leads to the quality of education. A teacher is considered as the most important factor in implementing all educational reforms at the grass-root level. As a nation builder of tomorrow his performance is the most crucial input in the field of education. Good teachers are made up of a combination of hundreds of qualities that allow them do their job effectively. There is no denying that all teachers have their own unique blend of these qualities.

To become effective, a teacher must try to achieve the all desired qualities. This will help them imparting knowledge more effectively and efficiently. This will also help in earn respect from the students and make him a role model in the eyes of the students.

The writer is the Assistant Professor (Statistics), Department of Business Administration, Asian University of Bangladesh, Email: muktasha@gmail.com

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