ERIC Number: ED196325
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Excellence in Teaching: What Does it Really Mean?
Ford, Margaret L.
A three-fold exploratory analysis of teaching excellence is presented, encompassing diverse perspectives on excellence, the mission of the university, and the curriculum development process. Ideas about teaching excellence are drawn from the literature of pedagogy and philosophy, and desirable teacher characteristics are cited: commitment to the profession, humaneness, ability to communicate, ability to reason, ability to advise and counsel, time invested in the profession, organization and direction, a multi-cultural perspective, subject-area knowledge, quality teaching style, and flexibility. The mission of the university, as expressed in early education literature, is explored. It is concluded that the university's new mission is pluralistic, international in scope, and must focus on preservation and enhancement of quality and diversity, advancement of social justice and constructive change, more effective governance, and more effective use of resources. The curriculum development process is described as one that, if well designed, could be the catalyst for achievement of this diverse mission. Faculty confidence and faculty productivity are viewed as essential factors in both resolving problems of university personnel and developing teaching excellence. A brief bibliography is appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Improving University Teaching (6th, Lausanne, Switzerland, July 9-12, 1980).