It is that teaching research faculty think about about how they teach AFTER they have thought about everything else.
This is just a fact based on the laws governing professional practices of humans1.
It would be like a team of accountants were trying to fix a car. If they are smart enough and persistent enough, and resourceful enough, they will succeed. But at the least they could do it much faster if they employed the help of an auto professional.
The psychological trait (being afraid of looking stupid) of many people who consider themselves smart (and they are – in their field), or a cultural trend (being secretive) of people who consider themselves open, is a tough obstacle which an adequate manager building an effective team needs to overcome.
This article has been followed by two more on the topic:
On the science of teaching science
Three Myths of The Higher Education
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Dr. Valentin Voroshilov
Education Advancement Professionals
The voices of my students
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Essentials of Teaching Science
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I am not an idiot or a reckless person. The reason I can allow myself writing what I think, even if that is perpendicular to commonly adopted and conventional views, is that my financial situation is sufficient and stable. Of course, as a normal person, I wouldn't mind making more money, or being involved in more interesting projects (as described in my generic resume). But I do not have to pretend to be someone I'm not to make my living.