ERIC Number: ED415763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-May-31
Reference Count: N/A
An Educator-in-Residence for the Improvement of College Teaching and Learning at Small, Liberal Arts Colleges.
Brescia Coll., Owensboro, KY.
An educator-in-residence directed a two-year professional development program to improve college teaching and student learning. The project was administered at Brescia College (Kentucky) and involved three other colleges of comparable size and mission: St. Mary-of-the Woods College and St. Meinrad College in Indiana and St. Catharine College in Kentucky. The program included individual classroom observations, appraisals, and videotaping by colleagues; group activities, faculty seminars, and workshops; and a full-day professional development conference designed specifically for the four participating colleges. Nine other colleges joined a professional development day during the second year of the project. Training focused on participant achievement of the program's educational outcomes, especially those relating to critical literacy and the scholarly approach to teaching. Evaluation indicated that the project helped faculty in small departments overcome a sense of isolation; helped generate discussions among faculty on the scholarship of teaching; encouraged faculty to experiment with innovative teaching techniques; and highlighted critical literacy across the curriculum. Group activities at Brescia College resulted in a revised plan for general education requirements. Appendices include a monograph describing the project and two sample inventories for observation, feedback, and peer evaluation. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Observation Techniques, College Instruction, Collegiality, Faculty Development, General Education, Higher Education, Instructional Improvement, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Interprofessional Relationship, Liberal Arts, Outcomes of Education, Scholarship, Small Colleges, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Workshops, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Brescia Coll., Owensboro, KY.