Educação e Pesquisa
Print version ISSN 1517-9702
QUADROS, Ana Luiza de et al. Teacher of higher education: the view from the narratives of graduate students in Chemistry. Educ. Pesqui. [online]. 2012, vol.38, n.2, pp.389-402. ISSN 1517-9702. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-97022012000200008.
The quality of higher education has raised growing interest among researchers and experts in education. In the present work we have emphasized the correlation between the growing specialization offered by graduate programs in Chemistry and the improvement in the quality of university teachers, trying to understand how the graduate students themselves imagine the teaching activity. For that, graduate students in Chemistry from the Federal University of Minas Gerais were invited to construct narratives about a fictitious situation in which they imagined themselves as teachers. The analysis of the reports was made by grouping the facts described under three categories: the preparation for approval in the admission exam, the classes taught, and the activities developed during the first four months of work. Results have shown that students pay less attention to the teaching activity and tend to value research and the activities that foster it. This shows that future professionals, even taking up the post of teachers, are more predisposed to act as researchers than to exercise the teaching activity. Such indication seems to be related to the demands made during the selection process for higher education teachers and to the current work situation in most universities, which evaluate qualitatively the intellectual production in the form of articles, whereas classes are evaluated in a more quantitative manner.
Keywords : Higher education teaching; Teaching; Didactic-pedagogical formation; Trajectory.