ERIC Number: ED252245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Teaching New Dogs Old Tricks.
Goldberg, Judy Hiller; Laurin, Mark Alfred
For the new two-year college instructor, gaining information that specifically addresses his/her problems and concerns, and establishing the network to generate the flow of quality information can be a problem. How the instructor deals with this problem is a function of his/her stage of growth. In the neophyte stage, the new faculty member is confronted with information overload and a tremendous rate and complexity of communication. To reduce anxiety and increase competency, the neophyte opens a network that provides as much information as possible. The transitional stage is characterized by a search for concise, concrete, and immediately applicable information and by the formulation and sharing of a philosophy of teaching. The transitional faculty member needs to discuss his/her philosophy and practices with a mentor in order to critique and evaluate the information gained during the neophyte stage. The final stage is the competent stage, in which the mentor's role is diminished and the instructor takes his/her place in the information network of others. The new community college instructor should possess certain qualities and attitudes, including: (1) an interest in and respect for the individual; (2) demonstrated sensitivity and objectivity; (3) an awareness of students' individuality and the flexibility to present a concept in a variety of modes; (4) an understanding of the mission of the college; and (5) an awareness of necessary instructional strategies and methods. (LAL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Convention of the Speech Association (Chicago, IL, November 1-4, 1984).