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Teaching Experience and Teacher-Training Needs of Young Political Scientists
Unformatted Document Text:  distribution of PhD programs in political science in different parts of the EU (86% are in the old EU member states while 14% in the new member countries). In average we received for about three responses per institution with a few universities with considerably more responses such as European University Institute Florence (42), Vienna University (11), Science-Po Paris (9) and Charles University in Prague (8). The possibility that the left-out institutions do not fit the pattern of a particular country based on the sampled institutions cannot be precluded. Therefore, findings below should be read with some caution. Caution is also in order for one more reason. Collecting data online may bias the sample, as it is more likely that those interested in the issue answer our questionnaire. Nevertheless, we are fairly confident that our results reflect the state of the art reasonably well. Results The survey revealed that training of teaching skills is still rather a rare element in careers of junior political scientists in Europe. Only one third of our respondents have ever passed some pedagogic training. Although another 10% said that they did not attend teacher training although had an opportunity for doing so, 43% is still quite a low figure. Quality of university education has been one of the most important topics on the EU agenda; however, in political science teacher training has been far from being common practice. This result is in contradiction with the opinion of respondents about benefits of teacher training. All our informants who completed pedagogic training found it beneficial. Moreover, two thirds of those who did not pass any training believed that it had been a miss. Even the majority of those (56%) who had an opportunity to be trained but did not live with it thought that they would have been better of with 11

Authors: Simon, Eszter. and Pleschova, Gabriela.
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distribution of PhD programs in political science in different parts of the EU (86% are in the old
EU member states while 14% in the new member countries). In average we received for about
three responses per institution with a few universities with considerably more responses such as
European University Institute Florence (42), Vienna University (11), Science-Po Paris (9) and
Charles University in Prague (8).
The possibility that the left-out institutions do not fit the pattern of a particular country
based on the sampled institutions cannot be precluded. Therefore, findings below should be read
with some caution. Caution is also in order for one more reason. Collecting data online may bias
the sample, as it is more likely that those interested in the issue answer our questionnaire.
Nevertheless, we are fairly confident that our results reflect the state of the art reasonably well.
Results
The survey revealed that training of teaching skills is still rather a rare element in careers of
junior political scientists in Europe. Only one third of our respondents have ever passed some
pedagogic training. Although another 10% said that they did not attend teacher training although
had an opportunity for doing so, 43% is still quite a low figure. Quality of university education
has been one of the most important topics on the EU agenda; however, in political science
teacher training has been far from being common practice. This result is in contradiction with the
opinion of respondents about benefits of teacher training. All our informants who completed
pedagogic training found it beneficial. Moreover, two thirds of those who did not pass any
training believed that it had been a miss. Even the majority of those (56%) who had an
opportunity to be trained but did not live with it thought that they would have been better of with
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