ERIC Number: ED299895
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
In Search of Zippers.
Cross, K. Patricia
AAHE Bulletin, v40 n10 p3-7 Jun 1988
Eight basic gaps in the college teaching and learning process are described, and teachers are encouraged to use classroom research as a "zipper" to help close them. The gaps include those between: (1) teaching and learning, to be remedied by clear definition of teaching goals and continuous feedback on learning outcomes; (2) teaching and testing, to be narrowed with a device that teaches and tests simultaneously; (3) the process of teaching and its content, which can be improved through better understanding of instructional methods appropriate to different subject matters; (4) curriculum and instruction, to be narrowed by classroom investigations, particularly collaborative, to assess whether aggregated teaching goals add up to a curriculum and how much of it students are gaining; (5) assessment and the improvement of learning, for which teachers can gather relevant information about what is happening in their own classrooms; (6) educational research and practice, which teachers can narrow by the credibility of their own research efforts; (7) research and teaching by the same individual, for which classroom research is a logical remedy; and (8) intrinsic and extrinsic rewards in the academic profession, which classroom research can change by giving visibility, and mobility, to those who show talent for teaching. (MSE)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Classroom Research, College Curriculum, College Faculty, College Instruction, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement, Research Utilization, Rewards, Student Evaluation, Teaching (Occupation), Testing
American Association for Higher Education, One Dupont Circle, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.