ERIC Number: ED401798
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Aug-21
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Encouraging the Campus Focus on Learning and Teaching.
Institutions of higher education are moving away from their primary focus on teaching, in part because teaching has become more a private act less visible than other faculty responsibilities such as scholarship, and in part due to the perception that teaching is not very difficult, that it is simply telling the students what you know. However, the process of teaching is much more complex and demanding, and requires making certain that learning has occurred. Another trend is the shift from concerned local communities to global economic centers. External success has replaced internal achievement. The shift from cooperation to competition fits with the rise of importance of scholarship over teaching in the past 20 years, as faculty spend less time helping individual students grow and mature and more time competing with colleagues in the world arena of scholarship. Visibility for teaching as the central activity requires a conscious focus by top level administrators. A campus that is firmly focused on teaching and learning is one in which everyone talks about learning, celebrates learning successes, and encourages teaching experimentation. The importance of teaching must also be shown by spending as much money on teaching and its development as on scholarship and its development. A checklist to evaluate a campus' focus on teaching/learning is attached. (JLS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Keynote address presented at the Grand Valley State University Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning (2nd, Allendale, MI, August 21, 1996).