ERIC Number: ED215713
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Effective College Teaching Facilitates Student Thinking at a Junior College.
Blai, Boris, Jr.
A survey was conducted at Harcum Junior College, a private, independent college for women, to ascertain student perceptions of the pedagogical characteristics of teachers who they believed had been most successful in developing their thinking processes. The responses of 390 students, 78% of the total student body, were compared with the responses of 117 male and female students attending a 4-year state college in New York and of 184 male and female students attending a University Center in New York to a similar, previously conducted survey. In both studies, students were asked to select from among 13 instructor characteristics the three that had the greatest impact on their thinking. A high level of agreement was found among all three groups with respect to the five most influential qualities; i.e., expert knowledge of subject; ability to stimulate student interest; enthusiastic attitude toward subject; ability to explain clearly; and systematic organization of subject matter. Among the qualities viewed by students as having the least impact on their thinking processes were attempts to use individualized instruction, tolerance toward student disagreement, and fairness in marking and grading tests. (Author/HB)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, College Students, Females, Postsecondary Education, Private Colleges, State Colleges, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Surveys, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Skills, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Harcum Junior College PA