ERIC Number: ED371803
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-May-25
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Faculty as Researcher Initiative.
Brown, Valerie; Jelfo, Donald T.
To promote research conducted by faculty, Cuyahoga Community College (CCC), in Ohio, developed the Faculty as Researcher Initiative (FRI). The initial goals of the FRI were to recruit 15 to 18 faculty members from CCC's three campuses to form a research group, assist in the development of research ideas and strategies, and develop a system for communicating results. An emphasis on continuous quality improvement in CCC's overall faculty development program links and lends importance to the FRI with respect to faculty development activities, as the initiative is based on the assumptions that the quality of learning is directly linked to the quality of teaching and that the most effective method of improving teaching is for faculty to research questions that arise in their day-to-day activities. Institutional support requirements to implement the initiative have included reassigned time for consultants and participants, access to computers, a budget for reproducing materials, appropriate software with table display capabilities, and allocations for travel. Other considerations include establishing institutional support, informing faculty, and obtaining all necessary texts and computer equipment well in advance; coordinating meeting times between college campuses; and sustaining participant commitment. Attached materials include project descriptions, faculty recruitment letters, classroom assessment techniques, a discussion of differences between formal educational and action research, participant signup and evaluation forms, a schedule of activities, a list of common research errors, and a project planning checklist. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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