Students often enter the university wanting to know how to make art. They want to know the techniques for making the kinds of images they like. So I think they need to spend time learning those techniques, and getting familiar with the tools of the trade. But there should come a point where they no longer wonder how, but why they make art, and what is their point-of-view.
I believe in asking questions, rather than answering them. I believe in learning by doing. I also believe in pushing students to sometimes figure things out on their own.
Most of all, I believe that students are capable of more than they think. It is my job to lead them to that realization, and make them believe it, too.