ERIC Number: ED339447
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Creative Teaching in the Community College: Guidelines for Associate Faculty.
Johnson, Philip E.
Developed by a fulltime faculty member at Pima Community College (PCC) in Tucson, Arizona, this booklet is intended to provide concepts and techniques to help Associate Faculty develop the most interesting and useful teaching practices possible. Chapter 1 discusses the importance of education, the purposes of the booklet, and reasons for teaching; and includes a self-assessment instrument to give teachers a sense of their individual teaching styles, teaching effectiveness, and ways of becoming a better teacher. Chapter 2 focuses on student needs, including a profile of PCC's highly diversified student body, a discussion of students' motivations, and brief comments on the implications of such a diverse student body who represent a cross-section of the larger population and who are mostly adults. Chapter 3 touches on some of the important philosophical groundings of education as they relate to community colleges and adult education. Included are sections on basic values in teaching, process education, experiential learning, and principles of learning. Chapter 4 deals with motivation, focusing on conditions negatively affecting motivation (e.g., boredom, discomfort, anxiety, humiliation, and frustration) and reviewing instructional techniques that undermine or enhance motivation. Chapter 5 offers guidance on planning for instruction, including principles of learning and instruction and procedures for planning. In chapter 6, various teaching methods and classroom techniques that have been effective with adults are described. Chapter 7 reviews traditional teaching techniques such as lectures, discussion groups, reading assignments, and the use of various media, offering suggestions on how to use these techniques most effectively. Chapter 8 considers facilitative teaching techniques in terms of pedagogy and androgogy, and specific techniques such as acquaintance, warm-up, and data collection activities (e.g., "human bingo" and cross-interviews); discussion techniques; simulations; role play; laboratory methods; assigned reading and research; and instrumentation. After chapter 9 introduces various other issues such as testing and evaluation, homework, and grading, chapter 10 presents a post-test to help teachers evaluate themselves. A 62-item bibliography is included.
Descriptors: Adjunct Faculty, Classroom Techniques, Community Colleges, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Innovation, Part Time Faculty, Questionnaires, Student Characteristics, Student Motivation, Student Needs, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Responsibility, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Pima Community Coll., Tucson, AZ.