ERIC Number: ED194004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Improving Teaching and Institutional Quality. Current Issues in Higher Education, No. 1, 1980.
American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Six essays are collected on the subject of the quality of institutions and their instruction. In "When Does a College Deserve to be called 'High Quality'," by Alexander W. Astin, various perspectives of quality are outlined and commented upon: the mystical view, reputational view, resources view, outcomes view, and value-added view. Problems with the traditional measures of quality are discussed, and the student-oriented view of quality is encouraged. "Measuring the Quality of Student Effort," by C. Robert Pace, discusses the issue of institutional accountability for that effort and for related student achievement. A commentary by Mark H. Curtis is included. "The Changing Roles and Priorities of Academic Advising," by Toni B. Trombley and David Holmes, provides two general criteria for judging advising programs: how others view the program, and the program's relevance to institutional objectives. "Teaching Improvement Strategies: How Effective Are They?," by Robert J. Menges, focuses on research in five categories of teaching improvement activities: workshops and seminars, grants to support faculty projects, ratings by students, self-observation by microteaching and minicourses, and protocol materials. In "Are Instructional Improvement Programs Off-Target?" by Robert T. Blackburn, Glenn R. Pellino, Alice Boberg, and Colman O'Connell, studies of faculty perceptions of faculty development programs demonstrate that such programs should focus more on professional development needs other than teaching improvement. "What Are the Obstacles to Improving Quality Teaching," by Hans O. Mauksch, outlines positive and negative factors, such as the belief in teaching as an innate talent, the belief in classroom privacy, teaching without training, a minority group mentality, some organizational models of teaching, disciplinary associations, reward systems, evaluation methods, and projects to promote change. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Educational Attitudes, Educational Counseling, Educational Quality, Faculty Development, Faculty Evaluation, Higher Education, Instructional Improvement, Research, Student Motivation, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Papers presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Higher Education (Washington, DC, March 1980).