ERIC Number: ED332616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Personal Growth as a Faculty Goal for Students. Accent on Improving College Teaching and Learning.
This paper reports the results of a study involving over 2,000 college faculty members concerning the course goals they hope their students will achieve as a result of the material taught, the teaching technique, and the general intellectual environment in the classroom. The common interest of most instructors is the desire to develop the student's ability to think independently and critically and to be able to evaluate ideas, issues, and situations. Such goals are viewed as rewarding and involve broadening the student's intellectual vistas, teaching them to organize and clarify their thinking, helping them develop critical-thinking skills, teaching them how to analyze problems and follow logical approaches to situations, and encouraging them to discover and express their own ideas and thoughts. All disciplines, it is noted, contribute in their unique way to the student's personal growth, but no discipline alone provides all the answers to thinking and problem solving. The study concluded that no matter what the field or discipline, faculty who set personal development goals for their students stress multiple approaches to problem solving and the ability to evaluate, to think critically, and to be open to new possibilities. (GLR)
Descriptors: College Students, Critical Thinking, Decision Making, Educational Strategies, Higher Education, Individual Development, Logical Thinking, Student Development, Student Educational Objectives, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Guidance, Teacher Role, Undergraduate Study
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research to Improve Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI.