ERIC Number: ED214617
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar-26
Reference Count: 0
The Future of Teaching in the Community College.
Moed, Martin G.
Community colleges face serious challenges arising from decreased budgets, greater pressures on faculty, and an increasingly heterogeneous student population. To cope with these challenges community colleges need to develop innovative instructional strategies to ensure the fulfillment of their missions. Five conditions may be identified under which teaching innovation can best occur: an administrative structure set up specifically to facilitate change; a reward system established for faculty who explore educational alternatives; the allocation of appropriate resources to make change possible; faculty and administrative agreement on the definition of problems and the types of instructional innovations which might address them; and agreement that the problems are difficult, that failures will occur, but that new techniques will be tried. Using this framework, LaGuardia Community College has implemented two innovative programs. The first project sought a systematic way to integrate what was taught in the classroom with student experiences in 12-week cooperative education internships. Now recognized as a national model for cooperative education, this program operates through classroom instruction, application of knowledge on internship sites, and ongoing reinforcement through seminars. The second project resulted in a faculty development program which taught instructors to reinforce basic skills while providing subject area instruction. (HB)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, College Faculty, College Planning, College Role, Community Colleges, Cooperative Education, Educational Change, Educational Strategies, Faculty Development, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Innovation, Program Development, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: City University of New York LaGuardia Comm Coll
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on the Future of the Community College (New York, NY, March 26, 1982).