ERIC Number: ED344631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
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A Comparison of Teaching and Learning Techniques by Teachers and Students at Northern Maine Technical College.
McKinnon, Norma M.
In 1992, an evaluative study was conducted to describe systematically the characteristics of Northern Maine Technical College's (NMTC's) faculty and students with respect to specified teaching and learning variables. The study sought to determine and outline appropriate instructional improvement strategies for possible implementation at NMTC, using a case study research design. The study sample consisted of 209 full-time students and 36 full-time faculty. Conclusions, based on an analysis and comparison of the faculty and student data, included the following: (1) preferred teaching techniques of the NMTC faculty included lecture, written exams, questioning students, and homework; (2) the least favored teaching techniques of the NMTC faculty included panel presentations and debates, role-playing, independent study, and student presentations; (3) faculty's personality type affected the teaching techniques chosen for use; (4) teaching experience was not a factor in the frequency of use of certain teaching techniques by NMTC faculty; (5) NMTC faculty believed that the traditional didactic teaching methods, involving the giving of information and the application of knowledge, were the most beneficial for assisting NMTC students to learn; (6) NMTC students found predominantly teacher-centered learning techniques, such as "on-the-job" training and watching a demonstration as the most helpful to their learning; (7) NMTC students viewed predominantly student-centered learning techniques, such as giving a presentation in front of the class or leading a class discussion, as not helpful to learning; and (8) gender differences existed in the ways students preferred to learn, and age and marital status did influence the way students learned. Appendixes provide the survey instruments, a sketch of personality types, and notes on teaching techniques. (JMC)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Northern Maine Technical College
Note: Ed.D. Major Applied Research Project, Nova University.