COMMENTS ON "UNRESOLVED PROBLEMS OF THE GRADUATE STUDENT ROLE"

W. F. Hitschfeld

Abstract


One wonders whether there is here anything other than the obvious - that people are apt to treat each other with less than the tact and the wisdom which are needed to bring out the best in a relationship; or that some professors lack initiative, or competence, or leadership, or - I may add - interest. But when all this is granted, would it be reasonable to prevent students from being teaching assistants or research assistants while they are students, in the interest of simplifying their status, so that their professor would appreciate their problems? Is not the carrying of the multiple load (undergraduate teaching, course and seminar work, thesis research, etc.) precisely one of the important ingredients in the education of the student? The fact that the student's enthusiasm can be abused or that his labor can be under-valued is a valid concern, but no help is offered in the article as to how to prevent such abuses.

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