ERIC Number: ED426733
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Improving Community College Teaching.
This paper presents ten principles of learning in the curriculum that help community college instructors refine their teaching techniques. The principles focus on increasing student comprehension and direct instructors to: (1) foster student interest in curriculum activities; (2) attach meaning to what they teach; (3) emphasize purpose or reason for learning; (4) offer a quality sequence of related learning opportunities; (5) develop problem-solving skills in students; (6) teach critical thinking; (7) stress creative thinking in ongoing lessons and units of study; (8) promote positive attitudes in students toward learning; (9) be available for conferences and office hours; and (10) encourage student evaluation of courses and teaching. Another suggestion for improving instructor technique is the implementation of a quality in-service education program that contains the following elements: (1) a professional library for community college instructors, where they may research ways of improving method; (2) faculty meetings, at which sessions in improving curriculum and teaching are offered; and (3) locally developed workshops on bettering instruction. The paper concludes with the assertion that community college teachers need to make use of these principles of learning and make their primary goal to guide students in achieving optimum learning. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A