The challenge of teaching in higher education: Training novice lecturers


  • Eliezer Yariv
  • Hadas Shelly-Huber Gordon college of education


teaching in higher education, active teaching; methods, training lecturer in an academic institution, novice lecturer


This paper discusses the challenges academic institutions face these days in their efforts to abandon old teaching styles of lecturing in favor of updated, fast-pace, relevant styles. Adopting such active teaching methods, it is argued, would (a) increase students' engagement and interest; (b) improve learning; (c) make academic institutions more attractive for new applicants; (d) decrease the numbers for of students' dropout and sense of alienation. The paper opens with a description of the rapid global changes in higher education institutions. Then we present a survey of the available local and overseas programs that prepare researchers to become eloquent lecturers. We also address the Israeli higher education council's policy regarding improving the quality of teaching. In the second section of the paper we present a curriculum of innovative two-year training program that would prepare every new researcher who wishes to develop a career as a lecturer in an academic institution in Israel. That 120-hour basic training includes four main sections based on Shulman’s (1987) conceptualization of preparing teachers and evidence-based principles. We suggest that only those who graduate the program would become eligible to be promoted to a senior position and rankings.


Eliezer Yariv

Author biography: Eliezer Yariv is a senior school psychologist. He earned his BA and MA degrees in psychology at the University of Haifa. He studied for Ph.D. degree at the education department at the University of Leicester UK (2002). Eliezer is currently a senior lecturer at Gordon College of Education, Haifa, and served as a staff member at the psychological service of the municipality of Keriat Motzkin, Israel. Among his books: 'Discipline conversation' (1996), 'Silence in classroom!' (1999), I've got eyes in the back of my head: Dealing with behavioral problems in schools (2010), and 'Classroom management' (edited with D. Gorev, 2018). 






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