ERIC Number: ED394574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
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Improving Teaching through a Peer Support "Teacher Consultation Process."
Kerwin, Mike; Rhoads, Judith
The Teaching Consultation Program (TCP) is one of the most popular faculty development programs offered in the University of Kentucky Community Colleges (UKCC's), having trained over 500 faculty since its implementation in 1977. The TCP is a confidential, peer consulting program available to faculty who wish to analyze their teaching behaviors and make improvements. In TCP, consultants are carefully selected and trained, faculty participation is voluntary, consultants follow a well-defined set of procedures, and the materials used are field-tested and research-based. The following procedures are used in the program: (1) an initial interview of the faculty member; (2) data collection, through observations and videotapes of class sessions and interviews of students; (3) an analysis, conducted jointly by teachers and consultants, of the data collected; (4) the design and selection of three or four teaching improvement goals; and (5) an evaluation of the instructor's success in achieving goals. Faculty who are recognized by colleagues as outstanding teachers are invited to become teaching consultants and attend a 2-day workshop for training. Results from a 3-semester study of the TCP indicated that faculty who participated in the program raised their student ratings significantly compared to a control group of faculty who did not participate. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: University of Kentucky Community College System
Note: In: The Olympics of Leadership: Overcoming Obstacles, Balancing Skills, Taking Risks. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the National Community College Chair Academy (5th, Phoenix, AZ, February 14-17, 1996); see JC 960 276.