ERIC Number: ED390516
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Implementing Teaching/Learning Project Recommendations To Improve First Year Experiences of New Faculty. Research Report No. 95-05R.
Belcher, Marcia J.
The Teaching/Learning Project (TLP) begun in Florida at Miami-Dade Community College in 1986, employs courses, orientation sessions, and mentors for new faculty at the college to help ensure instructional quality. In February 1993, a study was conducted to assess the first year experiences of new faculty and to evaluate the effectiveness of the TLP project. Questionnaires were distributed to 272 full-time faculty hired between 1985-86 and 1992-93. Responses were divided into 3 groups: Group I was composed of 39 faculty hired prior to implementation of the TLP, Group II consisted of 52 faculty hired when only the TLP's orientation session had been implemented, while Group III consisted of 110 faculty hired after the entire TLP process had been implemented. Study results included the following: (1) 72% reported that they received the support needed to carry out teaching responsibilities, while Group I respondents were less likely to report that they were received warmly than Group II or III respondents; (2) while only 65% of all groups agreed that they quickly learned where to go for help, Group II and II respondents were more likely to know than Group I respondents; (3) about 30% of all the groups found their teaching load difficult during the first year; and (4) 87% of the Group III faculty reported attending a campus orientation, compared to 27% of Groups II and III faculty. Appendices contain 11 data tables and the survey instrument. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.