ERIC Number: ED357776
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
College of the Canyons Survey of Teaching Practices, Spring 1993.
Mattice, Nancy J.; Richardson, Russell C.
The Associate Program for Adjunct Faculty (APAF) at College of the Canyons (CC) in Santa Clarita, California, includes instructional skills workshops and advanced teaching workshops designed to promote good teaching practices among part-time faculty. In March 1993, CC conducted a survey of teaching practices among the college's 160 part-time teaching faculty to determine whether the incidence of good teaching practices had increased among APAF participants as compared with non-participant adjunct faculty. Study findings, based on a 90% response rate (N=144), included the following: (1) among respondents, 32 had participated in the APAF, while 112 had not; (2) many of the best teaching practices had a high incidence of use among part-time faculty; (3) instructors who completed the APAF exhibited a higher usage of good teaching practices than adjunct faculty in general, with the greatest positive correlation found between APAF participation and giving post-tests at the end of class and in encouraging students to prepare together for classes and exams; (4) there was a moderate, negative correlation between level of APAF participation and inviting guest lecturers, although no other differences in the use of teaching methods among APAF participants and non-participants were found; and (5) while no significant differences were found between participants and non-participants in the use of student evaluation mechanisms, there was a moderate, negative correlation between APAF participation and using class tardiness in student evaluation. Data tables, analysis of responses by academic division, and the survey instrument, are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College of the Canyons, Valencia, CA. Office of Institutional Development.