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Reference no. 473-215-1
Authors: David Simmons (Cranfield University)
Published in: 1973
Length: 3 pages
Data source: Generalised experience

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A description of the difficulties experienced by a former university mathematics teacher who found himself obliged to teach calculus to a group of Engineering Craft students in a technical college. Although a highly competent teacher of advanced work, he was unable to satisfy the requirements of these students, leading to complaints. Initially his head of department supported him, but later changed his mind and supported the students, but without making any organisational changes. This led to a confrontation and the dismissal of the teacher. This case may be used to provoke an examination of the role of the head of department in reconciling the qualities of his staff with organisational needs.
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A description of the difficulties experienced by a former university mathematics teacher who found himself obliged to teach calculus to a group of Engineering Craft students in a technical college. Although a highly competent teacher of advanced work, he was unable to satisfy the requirements of these students, leading to complaints. Initially his head of department supported him, but later changed his mind and supported the students, but without making any organisational changes. This led to a confrontation and the dismissal of the teacher. This case may be used to provoke an examination of the role of the head of department in reconciling the qualities of his staff with organisational needs.

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