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ERIC Number: ED400253
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Creating a Community of Teachers: The Penn State Course in College Teaching.
Enerson, Diane M.; And Others
In the early 1990s, Pennsylvania State University's IDP (Instructional Development Program) Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching provided separate programs for training teaching assistants (TAs) and faculty development. Neither program appeared to meet the needs of its intended audience. In the fll of 1992, the Center began offering the "Penn State Course in College Teaching" to all faculty, TAs, and instructors. The program has evolved into a highly successful noncredit course that meets once a week to explore issues of pedagogy, share teaching experiences, and discuss some of the current literature on teaching. The goal of the course is not to teach how to teach, but rather to develop the analytical and problem-solving skills that would enable continued growth and development. The course combines elements of a teaching practicum with those of a seminar on pedagogy. Course materials include weekly session guides, assignment sheets and two texts. Each week the course focuses on one of the basic processes of teaching; the assignments are designed to promote self-reflection and practical application. Feedback from both new instructors and experienced faculty indicate the success of the program in encouraging teachers to bring their scholarly abilities to their roles as teachers. (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A