ERIC Number: ED320625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May-21
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Celebrating Excellence in the Classroom.
Cross, K. Patricia
The mission, curricula, students, and faculty of community colleges make them ideal laboratories for the study of teaching and learning at the college level. To accomplish this goal, community college faculty members should take on the role of classroom researchers, conducting careful, systematic, and patient studies of their students in the learning process. The purpose of classroom research is to help teachers assess the effectiveness of their own teaching, so that they may make appropriate modifications while their classes are still in progress. One form of classroom assessment solicits feedback on how students are learning. At the end of each class period, students are asked to write down the most important thing they learned that day and identify any questions they still have. Community colleges are in the best position to be leaders in developing expertise in college-level teaching for the following reasons: (1) community colleges are primarily teaching institutions; (2) no other type of institution has the same challenge or obligation for teaching excellence that the community college has; (3) the diverse community college curriculum offers a potentially productive laboratory for gaining knowledge about learning; (4) classroom teaching is especially important to commuter students, who constitute virtually all of community college students; (5) the practical orientation of community college teachers assures that the problems for classroom research are real problems that affect college teachers in their classrooms; and (6) the diversity of the community college student population is an advantage in studying the learning process. (WJT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Teaching Excellence (12th, Austin, TX, May 20-23, 1990).