ERIC Number: ED336142
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
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Using Paradigm Case Analysis To Foster Instructor Development.
Peregrym, Jill; And Others
Paradigm Case Analysis (PCA) is a method of increasing instructor effectiveness through the gathering of narratives of critical teaching incidents and experiences from proficient instructors and their analysis in group discussions. Critical Incidents (CI's) may include those in which the instructor's intervention made a significant difference in the learning outcome, or an incident that the instructor feels captures the quintessence of teaching. The first step in applying PCA is the collection of cases for discussion which can be achieved through advertising in a college newspaper or by approaching instructors on an individual basis. Once identified, proficient instructors narrate their CI on a questionnaire form. The form provides information on what constitutes a CI and what to include in their narrative description. Once paradigm cases are assembled, groups of up to 12 instructors meet in a workshop setting to analyze the CI's and to validate them in comparisons with literature on expert teaching. Following a discussion of PCA theory and application, this guide presents the following sample narratives about critical incidents in two-year college teaching submitted by Selkirk College (Canada) instructors: (1) "Supervision of a Nursing Student during Preparation of an Intravenous Medication; (2) "Giving Negative Feedback to a Student with Low Self-Esteem; (3) "An Issue of Professionalism and Patient Safety"; (4) "The Distraught Sociology Student"; (5) "Two Examples of Teaching Techniques: The Semi Colon and Loneliness"; (6) "Psychological Barriers and a Student's Potential"; (7) "A Student Has Doubts"; (8) "A Mature Student Returns to School"; (9) "An Angry Student"; and (10) "Making Early Contact with Home Study Students Taking English 110." A 12-item annotated bibliography and transparency miniatures for a presentation on PCA are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Paradigm Case Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Annual National Conference on Teaching Excellence (13th, Austin, TX, May 19-22, 1991).