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ERIC Number: ED279390
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar-15
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Teaching for Success.
Cross, K. Patricia
The current educational reform movement defines excellence in rather narrow ways, seeming content to prescribe measures to correct the perceived permissiveness of the past--more control, more requirements, and tougher standards. But rather than merely retracing old ground, educators should recognize that they are operating on a different plane from the one which existed during the 1950's and adopt new perspectives on educational reform. One new perspective might borrow from the business community's passion for excellence in creating educational environments that foster success by stimulating "unusual effort" from ordinary people and turning both students and teachers into "winners." Turning community college students into "winners" involves a second new approach, "Teaching for Success." While it is difficult to get community college students involved in campus life, the burden of involving students falls heavily on classroom teachers. Although community college teachers are more likely to strive for student involvement in the classroom than their four-year college counterparts, they seem to fall short by failing to hold high expectations for student performance. If students and teachers are to take pride in the accomplishment of something worthwhile, community colleges must take concrete actions. One method that incorporates the concepts of creating environments for success and excellence in teaching involves a "Classroom Researcher," that is, a teacher who uses the classroom as a laboratory, collecting data on student learning through a variety of research methods appropriate to the study of teaching and learning in his/her particular subject discipline. This research fosters excellence by providing immediate and appropriate feedback on student learning to the only group that can truly effect student learning--classroom teachers. (LAL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (52nd, Pomona, CA, March 14-15, 1987).