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LOOKING THROUGH THE CLINICAL GAZE OF COLLEGE TEACHING.

  • When I started teaching introductory sociology courses I wondered what I could do to make a student's educational experience relevant. We know that people who go to universities and community colleges pay a great deal of money to be there. When I started community college and later university, there was really no power, that the student had to determine his or her's destiny.

    The syllabus was writen on the black board and communication by the student with the instructor was limited to an office visit. Now professors and instructors have advanced technology to run their courses and tell the student what to do. When I was a teaching asistant there were many ta's for a large intro section. So the question here did the instructor really care about the student's desires and needs in life with reference to educational goals and outcomes?

    To me teaching is more then just reading chapters in a text book, praying for a great grade and filling out student evaluations at the end of the course. The title that incorporates the term "clinical gaze" is what I find in today's educational market place. Another question one might ask, is whether raising tuition year after year; means that student's are not stuck in a confusing matrix, of a university graduation rate that has decreased over the year. In Michigan state government rewards institutions of higher education with more public money to increase graduation rates.

    I am one who believes that a professor would have better teaching outcomes if the goals of any department were set at getting to know the student a little better. I know this is diffficult because many students want to go to community colleges and universities. In sociology many colleagues of mine know that the majority of their students did not care about sociology, so the structure of the course seemed to reflect that.

    The clinical gaze of higher education is to structure a discipline like sociology to be vague and confusing at most. In profology I do noee to many articles that discuss a grass roots humanistic approach that is student centered. With my chalk, videos and valuable discussion sessions I try to reduce the problems of undergraduate education becoming to clinical and the gaze to fuzzzy.

     

     

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