ERIC Number: ED264766
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-1
Reference Count: 0
Igniting the Vital Spark: A Process of Peer Review and Consultation in Postsecondary Instruction.
Carroll, J. Gregory; Goldberg, Stella R.
A consultation method for analyzing and improving college instruction is described, along with views about the program by 10 faculty participants. The method employs two consultants and is based solely on individual consultation, teaching observations, and detailed critique. An initial meeting with the instructor addresses the individual's teaching responsibilities, strengths, weaknesses, and concerns. In addition to classroom observation, course materials may be reviewed, along with results of previous course evaluations by students. During the consultation process, articles, books, or videotapes may be recommended to the teacher. The participating faculty who evaluated the program represented a range of backgrounds, disciplines, and levels of teaching skills. They consistently rated the program highly and recommended that it be made available more widely and more often. The cost of the consultations was relatively low, and participants gained important insights and teaching skills. It is suggested that the consultation model has great potential as a cost-effective technique for instructional improvement at the college and departmental level. It appeals to a wide range of faculty and engages them in an active, collegial process of professional renewal. Guidelines for providing a teaching critique are included. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).