ERIC Number: ED204310
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Improving Teaching in Higher Education: A Review of Selected Literature. A Paper for The Collegial Assistance Program Task Force of the Texas Teacher Corps Network.
Newman, Katherine K.
The focus of the literature in this review is on schools of education and teacher educators. References are included on major works on the topics, and central questions and issues are raised. The factors which make it difficult to arrive at consensus about the quality of teaching in higher education are outlined along with various definitions of quality from several sources. Categories of teachers, their attitudes, teaching strategies, and characteristics are presented. Four different ways to confront the problem of upgrading teaching are explored: (1) discovering the most effective teaching method; (2) selecting and training higher quality teachers; (3) improving individual professor's teaching through inservice education and evaluation; and (4) offering innovative educational programs. Each strategy rises from a particular historical context and focuses on a distinct aspect of the dilemma. Major attempts to conceptualize faculty development are reviewed, and examples of improvement programs in the past decade are offered with summaries of the impact of such programs and current issues affecting them. Literature on the process and techniques of clinical supervison is reviewed, and the problems and issues involved in this kind of supervision are discussed. (JD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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