Thursday, October 22, 2009

Best Subjects

Another Q&A borrowed from Marginal Revolution (plus the first sentence of Tyler's reply)

Joanne asks a good question:

Everything else being equal, are there subjects that lend itself to better teaching by professors? I've always chosen classes mostly on professor teaching quality as measured by anonymous student surveys, but was wondering if there are certain classes of subjects where one could find better or worse teachers?


This may sound odd, coming from someone with a Ph.d, but I don't feel I have much experience being a student.

Whatever your answer, it probably isn't math or physics. The one useful thing teachers in those subjects can do is show you how to work problems, but books probably do a better job than lecturers even at that.

I did have some excellent teachers for acting, literature, and philosophy though. Anybody?