ERIC Number: ED174967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Academic Seven Year Itch and a Possible Home Remedy.
Warrick, Catherine M.
Involvement in teaching improvement will provide new professional impetus and pride for many discouraged faculty members suffering from lessening enthusiasm for teaching, boredom with the same teaching schedule, and preoccupation with future job expectations. The reading and learning assistance staffs of colleges should be involved in this faculty development because faculty will respond better to colleagues who solicit their participation in educational experimentation than to administrators attempting the same thing. Reading and learning assistance personnel also have backgrounds in learning theory that they can pass on to academic colleagues; and they usually work with students upon whom program improvements can be basedthe students most likely to benefit from improved and revitalized teaching practices. Two examples of this type of teaching improvement occurred at Metropolitan State College (Denver, Colorado), where reading and learning specialists involved teachers from other disciplines in a program that redirected coursework toward developing student cognitive skills, and in using the Personalized System of Instruction (PSI) for selected courses that had poor retention and success rates. The significantly greater student achievement resulting from these teaching improvements was personally rewarding to the faculty that participated. (RL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western College Reading Association (12th, Honolulu, Hawaii, April 7-10, 1979)