ERIC Number: ED396616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
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)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, College Faculty, Educational Environment, Faculty College Relationship, Feedback, Higher Education, Instructional Improvement, Models, Organizational Climate, Reflective Teaching, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Improvement
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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.
Note: For a digest of this report, see HE 029 244.