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ERIC Number: ED263947
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 311
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-87589-669-3
In the Words of the Faculty: Perspectives on Improving Teaching and Educational Quality in Community Colleges. The Jossey-Bass Higher Education Series.
Seidman, Earl
Designed to help community college governing boards, administrators, and faculty leaders to understand how qualitative issues within their colleges interact with broader societal, economic, and demographic issues, this book draws from two studies using in-depth phenomenological interviewing to provide a profile of faculty concerns, characteristics, and recommendations. The volume addresses the following topics: (1) changing conditions in community colleges; (2) interviewing the faculty to discover what they really experience and do; (3) the deepening conflict between vocational and liberal education; (4) diminished faculty relations and collegial support; (5) facing the obstacles to improved teaching; (6) balancing commitment to students with other professional responsibilities; (7) English and humanities faculty's particular struggle to improve students' writing and critical thinking; (8) math and science faculty's special challenge to make up for students' weak educational backgrounds; (9) the concern of social science faculty with teaching material that merges theory with students' lives; (10) the issue of bridging vocational and general education that faces career education faculty; (11) minority faculty members' concern with achieving equity; (12) community college counselors' perceptions of the issues of morale and professional status; (13) how to work with and support the faculty; and (14) recommendations to strengthen teaching and enhance educational effectiveness. (LAL)
Jossey-Bass Inc., Publishers, 433 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94104 ($22.95).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Published in cooperation with the ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges.