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Teachers should aim to be stimulating rather than entertaining

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 06 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:394
  1. M E Preston-Whyte, Staff training coordinator,
  2. R C Fraser, Head of department
  1. Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, Medical Faculty, University of Leicester, Leicester LE5 4PW

    EDITOR—Donald's article on “effective teaching”1 left us with the feeling that this was an opportunity missed. To begin with the analogy of good teaching sessions being akin to parties gives the impression that the prime aim of teachers is to entertain whereas what we need is teachers who are trained to be effective and stimulating.

    To illustrate a different approach, in our department all academic members of staff do …

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