ERIC Number: ED304190
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May
Good Teaching Is Common Sense: A Background Paper for Session 2A406E, ACCC Conference '88, "The Human Dimension."
Hagan, G. W.
One common sense approach to college teaching might simply be to implement those practices that are proven reliable and frequently review the methods that seem to result in learning and those that do not. Guidelines based on some instructional approaches that have worked at Mohawk College in Ontario, Canada include the following: (1) assume that students are motivated and will have a real interest in some aspects of the topic; (2) ensure that each teaching session has a definite structure incorporating a logical sequence of tasks or objectives; (3) permit students to use the instructor's lecture notes, reference books, and other resource materials; (4) make certain that the instructor is available to students outside of class; (5) resist the tendency to rely on handouts, as the act of taking notes helps students retain information; (6) provide a fairly rigid structure for small group work; and (7) review the accomplishments of the previous teaching session at the beginning of the present one. Informal student feedback will provide a gauge to measure the effectiveness of the instructor and these instructional strategies. (AJL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Association of Canadian Community Colleges Conference, "The Human Dimension," (St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, May 30-June 1 1988).