ERIC Number: ED368310
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-12
Improving College Instruction: A Strategy for Assisting Professors.
Brightwell, D. Shelby
This paper proposes a strategy for analyzing and improving a college professor's approach to teaching. The strategy uses volunteer observers and a simple checklist, the Teacher Observation Checklist, of positive teaching behaviors drawn from the literature. Since college professors' sensitivity to examination and evaluation is high, this strategy involves observation and feedback without ratings or comparisons to other professors. The strategy is proactive and is intended to make faculty aware of the fundamentals of effective teaching. The brief checklist covers positive classroom personality traits and classroom behaviors. The strategy assumes sharing the completed checklist immediately following the observation and complete confidentiality. A possible scenario using the method would involve a professor having copies of the Teacher Observation Checklist (TOC) distributed to members of a department and professors then inviting a colleague or a department administrator to visit his class and complete the checklist. The checklist is included. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Mid-South Educational Research Association Meeting (New Orleans, LA, November 12, 1993).