ERIC Number: ED362511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
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Faculty Teacher Training at the Post-Secondary Level.
Osgood, Ann F.; York, Paula A.
College-level students' achievements may be negatively impacted because college-level instructors, though well educated and informed in their particular subject area, may not be effective classroom teachers. A study was conducted to examine the preparation of postsecondary educators to determine if methodology training is considered to be of any value. A review of current literature shows how college teaching can and should be improved, and indicates that the assumptions "if you know it, you can teach it" and "good teachers are born" are flawed. Full-time faculty members in the Maine technical college system were surveyed to determine how college teacher training was viewed. Respondents (N=133) indicated that instructors have at least bachelors and/or masters degrees, 38 percent of full-time faculty are pursuing further education, slightly less than half have had formal and specific training in methodology prior to employment, and 40 percent have received specific methodology training during employment. The paper concludes with recommendations for 16 practical steps to lift the level of teaching in universities. An appendix provides a copy of a tabulated questionnaire. (Contains 25 references.) (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Northern Maine Technical College