ERIC Number: ED355987
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
The Role of the Chair in Fostering Teaching and Learning.
Community college department chairs are central players in realizing the mission of the community colleges. They can identify the central elements and practices of good teaching and create a climate to foster good teaching by focusing on active learning strategies, cooperative learning, and diverse learning styles in students. By identifying the elements in changing faculty teaching, chairs can help to facilitate positive developments in teaching and learning. Chairs should encourage student-faculty contact. active learning, cooperation among students and faculty, quality time spent on tasks, prompt feedback for work, high expectations for student performance, and diverse methods for learning and teaching. Chairs should also assist in faculty development by: (1) encouraging faculty to adopt the goal of developing students' intellectual skills and the skill of learning; (2) making time during department/division meetings for specific faculty members to share examples of activities that have worked well to stimulate student learning; (3) reviewing the goals and objectives of a selection of courses during department meetings or faculty development days; (4) devoting part of a meeting to a case study focusing on a teaching problem; and (5) setting up a small grants process for faculty. This emphasis on teaching and learning can be expanded beyond the individual department or division to the college as a whole through faculty development days focusing on such topics as writing across the curriculum, critical thinking, or collaborative learning. While some financial incentives are needed to create better teaching and learning, the innate reward in this activity is high. (MAB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Community Coll. Faculty Association, St. Paul.