ERIC Number: ED348088
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun-15
Reference Count: N/A
Part-Time and Evening Faculty: Promoting Teaching Excellence for Adult Evening College Students. 1991/92 Fund for Instructional Improvement Grant Project. Final Report.
Kelly, Diana K.
In fall 1991, Fullerton College (California) undertook a project to promote excellence in teaching in evening classes by providing part-time and evening faculty with development activities focusing on teaching methods for adult learners. Thirteen part-time and evening faculty representing different disciplines were selected to participate. During the fall 1991 semester, the group attended workshops on adult learners, learning styles, classroom assessment techniques, and interactive teaching strategies. In the spring 1992 semester, they incorporated these new techniques into their evening classes, while attending monthly meetings to exchange ideas and share experiences. The students in their classes were surveyed at the beginning, middle, and end of the semester. Project outcomes included the following: (1) 11 of the 13 faculty participants successfully incorporated the new teaching techniques into their spring 1992 classes; (2) all faculty members felt that the monthly meetings were critical to their successfully implementing the new techniques; (3) the first student survey revealed a high level of optimism about the classes, but an unrealistic idea of the amount of outside study time required; (4) the mid-semester survey showed continuing interest in the classes, but problems with outside study time; (5) the final survey revealed high satisfaction with the classes and strongly positive responses to the teachers and the instructional methods; (6) the surveys revealed a need for faculty to teach time management skills to adult evening students; and (7) there was no significant increase in student retention. Attachments include information sheets, outlines of the four workshops, a meeting agenda, a list of activities to get adult learners involved, time management worksheets, and the three student surveys. (23 references) (JSP)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Andragogy, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Style, Community Colleges, Cooperative Learning, Creative Teaching, Evening Programs, Evening Students, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Improvement, Nontraditional Students, Part Time Faculty, Participant Satisfaction, Student Attitudes, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Workshops, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
Fullerton College Office of Instruction, 321 E. Chapman Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92632-2095 ($7).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Community Coll. Fund for Instructional Improvement.
Authoring Institution: Fullerton Coll., CA.