ERIC Number: ED414981
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Developing Professional Fitness through Classroom Assessment and Classroom Research. The Cross Papers, Number 1.
Cross, K. Patricia
Classroom assessment and research are effective means of professional development for community college faculty. Assessment tests engage students in monitoring and evaluating their own learning, and encourage teachers to reflect on their classes from a learning perspective. Classroom research is learner-centered, teacher-directed, collaborative, practical, context specific, scholarly, and continuous. It builds upon the skills and knowledge gained in classroom assessment, and is the next step in helping teachers understand the impact of their teaching. To develop professionally, community college faculty need clear goals, concrete suggestions for attaining the goals, high motivation, active involvement, prompt assessment and feedback, and appropriate rewards. Classroom assessment and research fit these conditions, fostering professional fitness and uniting professional competence with a commitment to learning. (Contains 22 references.) (YKH)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Research, Classroom Techniques, Community Colleges, Course Evaluation, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Faculty Development, Instructional Effectiveness, Learning Theories, Research Methodology, Research Skills, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Research, Student Role, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: League for Innovation in the Community Coll.