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ERIC Number: ED243384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Mastering College Teaching: Dramatic and Interpersonal Skills.
A model of effective college teaching is proposed, based on published research and informal interviews of reputed master teachers at schools in the Southeast and New England. Outstanding teaching was found to result primarily from a college teacher's skills at creating intellectual excitement and positive rapport in students. Skill at creating intellectual excitement has two components: the clarity of one's communications and their positive emotional impact on students. Instructors must focus attention on key assumptions and critical insights of a subject and not be distracted by qualifications that most concern them as scholars. Outstanding teaching is characterized by emotions associated with intellectual activity: the excitement of considering ideas, understanding abstract concepts and seeing their relevance to one's life, and participating in the process of discovery. The second dimension of outstanding teaching, interpersonal rapport, ensures that students learn maximally from the lecture or discussion and are not distracted by negative emotions. Teachers need to avoid generating excessive anxiety and anger toward the teacher and to promote positive feelings in students. Tables are presented to illustrate high, moderate, and low ranges of the two dimensions of outstanding teaching. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Institute on Teaching of Psychology to Undergraduates (6th, Clearwater Beach, FL, January 1984). Best copy available.