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ERIC Number: ED164028
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov-10
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Strategies for Improving Teaching: An Opening Address on the State of the Art.
Massey, T. Benjamin
The question "what is good teaching" is answered variously by those that have a stake in the quality of undergraduate teaching. Students define good teaching in terms of the quality of their learning experience. Faculty define it in terms of learning outcomes. Administrators focus on efficiency, while members of the community focus on effectiveness in helping individuals function in adult society. Many investigations have tried to find out what constitutes effective and ineffective teaching, examining practices used in evaluating classroom teaching performance, the validity of student/course evaluations, factors that relate to ratings of teaching effectiveness, and outcomes measures. Studies have revealed that if teacher evaluations are to facilitate teaching improvement, the evaluations must supply faculty with useful information; faculty members must have better alternatives after evaluation; and faculty must be motivated to improve. Every five to ten years a new panacea guarantees good teaching; since the 1940's these have included student-centered teaching, programmed learning, humanistic education, computer-assisted instruction, Personalized System of Instruction, and mastery learning. Other emerging concerns are the effects of the use of teaching assistants and part-time faculty on teaching quality, and ways of measuring the knowledge and skills of graduates of institutions of higher education. (AYC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the State Board for Higher Education Conference on Good Undergraduate Teaching (Catonsville Community College, Maryland, November 10, 1978)