ERIC Number: ED242271
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Using Consultation to Improve Teaching.
Wilson, Robert C.; And Others
Results of a 3-year study of the use of consulting to improve teaching among University of California, Berkeley, faculty are presented. Ideas were obtained from excellent teachers about what they did that led students to rate them high on any of 30 questions about particular facets of their teaching. These ideas were then passed along to other faculty members who had been rated low on the same items by students in one of their classes. Selected ideas were described to these faculty in a teaching improvement consultation just before the next time they taught the same course. Ideas that interested teachers were discussed in detail. The faculty members made the decision about whether they would use a particular idea in the next offering of the course. At the end of the second offering of the course, ratings by the new group of students were obtained on the same 30-item questionnaire. Ratings before and after the consultation on the items for which 10 or more faculty had been given ideas showed statistically important positive change. Ratings of overall teaching effectiveness were also compared. Appendices include: a student description of teaching questionnaire; a faculty self-description of teaching questionnaire; sample individual teacher description profile, a sample of 26 ideas, and information on the faculty sample. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Teaching Innovation and Evaluation Services.