The Missing Component of Teaching: Human Dimension
Dr. Kenan Kapukaya

Teaching, devoid of the human dimension, cannot provide students with what they expect to get from education. This paper investigates what makes excellent teachers from perspectives of both teachers and students. Three hundred students and seventy-five teachers from three countries-Nigeria, Georgia and Cambodia- have been interviewed and asked to answer a questionnaire to find out their understanding of the concept of “excellent teacher”. The study has revealed that students’ expectations of an excellent teacher are different from what teachers define as an excellent teacher even though there are similarities. This dichotomy causes the bridge of communication between teachers and students to collapse down, which undermines the quality of education.

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