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ERIC Number: ED396616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 201
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-878380-66-4
ISSN: ISSN-0884-0040
Taking Teaching Seriously: Meeting the Challenge of Instructional Improvement. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report No. 2, 1995.
Paulsen, Michael B.; Feldman, Kenneth A.
This report reviews the research and literature on the improvement of college teaching through use of a model that stresses a supportive teaching culture and helps motivate individual faculty members to improve their teaching by utilizing a variety of sources of informative feedback. The sources include: colleagues and consultants, department chairs, students, and self-evaluation. The report provides: (1) an examination of the nature of instructional improvement and the challenge of motivating faculty to improve their teaching through identifying, making, and maintaining necessary changes; (2) an exploration of important factors in the creation of a supportive campus teaching culture; (3) explanations and illustrations of five sources of feedback for improving instruction (teachers themselves, students, colleagues, consultants, and department chairs); and (4) an analysis of the special needs of new and junior faculty for instructional improvement. The following characteristics of a culture supportive of teaching improvement are identified: administrator support; shared values about the importance of teaching and involvement of faculty in instructional improvement programs; an expanded view of scholarship; a requirement that effective teaching be demonstrated as part of the hiring process; faculty interaction and collaboration; a faculty development program; effective department chairs; and connection of tenure/promotion decisions to teaching evaluations. (Contains approximately 250 references.) (DB)
ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036-1183 ($18 plus $3.75 postage).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association for the Study of Higher Education.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: For a digest of this report, see HE 029 244.