ERIC Number: ED399831
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Instructional Development: What Works?
Lenze, Lisa Firing
NEA Higher Education Research Center Update, v2 n4 Aug 1996
Research on the effectiveness of specific strategies for faculty and instructional development at the college level is reviewedd, focusing on five delivery strategies: (1) workshops; (2) instructional consultation; (3) grants for instructional improvement; (4) colleague collaboration; and (5) print resources. In each case, the strategy is described, its effectiveness in improving instruction is assessed, and some specific issues and considerations are briefly discussed. It is concluded that while there is not adequate research on outcomes of any of the five intervention types, there are some indications of the probable effectiveness of each. Results suggest that instructional consultation is very effective, workshops somewhat effective, and the remaining strategies may be effective but lack adequate research. It is suggested that faculty and administrators can help change this situation by examining campus use of and assumptions about traditional instructional development activities, funding evaluations of instructional development interventions, requesting assistance of faculty development offices, rewarding faculty for participation in instructional development programs, publishing success stories, and pioneering innovative interventions. (Contains 13 references.) (MSE)
Descriptors: College Instruction, Consultation Programs, Faculty Development, Grants, Higher Education, Instructional Development, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement, Peer Teaching, Program Effectiveness, Resource Materials, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Improvement, Workshops
Office of Higher Education, National Education Association, 1201 Sixteenth St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC. Office of Higher Education.