ERIC Number: ED353017
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Profile of an Excellent Teacher: Summary of Research.
Hilgemann, Vickie; Blodget, Jim
In fall 1990, educators at Chemeketa Community College, in Salem, Oregon began planning an educational video to highlight examples of teaching excellence in the community college. Research indicated, however, that no set definitions existed of teaching excellence at the community college or any other level. In order to create a local definition of teaching excellence, two sets of focus groups were convened, the first consisting of master teachers and the second of a cross section of students. The groups were asked to describe an excellent teacher, recount their most memorable experiences with teachers, and give advice on teaching to new instructors. The sessions were videotaped and an interactive/visual database was created by frequency grouping the issues discussed by the focus groups into 12 categories, including rapport/respect between students and teachers; interaction strategies for teachers; ways of adding a human dimension to the teacher/student relationship; student support issues; teaching strategies; teacher competence; teacher flexibility; communication skills; teacher enthusiasm; relevance of knowledge imparted to students; clarity of teaching goals; and classroom environment. The characteristics of teaching excellence most frequently cited by both the teacher and student groups included the following: (1) treats students as individuals in the classroom structure; (2) involves students in the learning process; (3) encourages students; (4) uses a variety of teaching strategies to add interest; (5) models the learning behavior expected of students; (6) challenges students in the classroom; and (7) creates a positive classroom environment. Lists of typical comments for each category and breakdowns of participating faculty and students are included. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chemeketa Community Coll., Salem, OR.