ERIC Number: ED345908
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Enhancing Teaching Effectiveness Using Experiential Techniques: Model Development and Empirical Evaluation.
Wagner, Richard J.; And Others
In U.S. colleges and universities, much attention has been focused on the need to improve teaching quality and to involve students in the learning process. At the same time, many faculty members are faced with growing class sizes and with time pressures due to research demands. One useful technique is to divide the class into small groups and assign each group a project as part of the course work. Group projects force the individual student to become an active learner and can also serve as an introduction to project teams and self-directed work groups found in many businesses. These organizations have found that work teams must be trained to function effectively as a unit. An increasingly popular method of team building is experiential education, particularly outdoor adventure activities. Evaluations of such training programs suggest that program effectiveness depends on how the process of experiential training is integrated with specific organizational goals. This paper outlines a project that would design and evaluate experiential training methods to enhance the effectiveness of student groups. The first phase of the project involves the development of experiential activities appropriate for classroom use, development of a format for evaluation of group behaviors and outcomes, identification of appropriate classes for study, and development of a standard format for using experiential activities in the classroom. Later phases will involve pilot testing, modification as needed, and large scale implementation across different classes and instructors. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Region of the Academy of Management (St. Charles, IL, April 22-25, 1992).