ERIC Number: ED364177
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Initiating Instructional Improvement: A Chronicle of Faculty Development.
Coleman, Laurence J.; And Others
Teaching/Learning Issues, n65 Win 1989
This pamphlet examines instructional improvement process in postsecondary education. It first discusses the importance of teaching, revealing that too little sustained attention to the process of teaching is a major deterrent to its improvement, and explains why teaching evaluation has been largely abandoned as the sole improvement mechanism. Then, it describes the development of the instructional improvement process in the Department of Special Services Education at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville), including the creation and efforts of an improvement committee, the adoption of an improvement model, and the final development and faculty acceptance of an improvement plan. Next, the process is discussed from two perspectives: (1) from the viewpoint of a faculty member as a member of the Instructional Improvement Committee; and (2) from the viewpoint of a faculty member who participated in the process. The pamphlet concludes with discussions on what was learned and some suggestions for other departments considering a similar process. (GLR)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Instruction, Educational Quality, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement, Lecture Method, Postsecondary Education, Program Design, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement, Undergraduate Study
Learning Research Center, 1819 Andy Holt Avenue, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-0631.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
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Authoring Institution: Tennessee Univ., Knoxville. Learning Research Center.