ERIC Number: ED178003
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
The Department Chairperson as Instructional Catalyst
Jennerich, Edward J.
Six methods by which the departmental chairperson can improve instruction are presented. The first method is improving instruction by example. The chairman can sponsor discussions at faculty meetings designed to explore what comprises good teaching and identify members of his/her staff to serve as models. A second method of improving instruction is through the encouragement and support of research; e.g., providing released time and/or additional support staff. The use of educational technology, such as videotape to demonstrate class interaction with teaching staff, is a third method of instructional improvement, and a fourth way involves personal visits to the classroom. A fifth method of improving instruction is the use of released time, which allows faculty time to devise new materials and methods of instruction or to undertake research on the teaching/learning process. The final method for improving instruction is through the creation of a departmental atmosphere conducive to improving instruction. (PHR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park.
Note: First printed in the Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Improving University Teaching (Aachen, F.R. Germany, July 26-28, 1978)