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ERIC Number: ED429497
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Pages: 20
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Faculty Views on Support for Teaching: Using Qualitative Data Analysis Software To Investigate Focus Group Discussion.
Frost, Susan H.; Teodorescu, Daniel
This study examined faculty views in regard to support for teaching at Emory University. Data were obtained from 24 small focus groups of faculty who discussed their reactions to a report on teaching at the university. The data were analyzed using HyperRESEARCH software to generate detailed reports on frequencies of categories, subcategories, and Boolean combinations of these. It was found that the most frequently discussed themes included evaluation, making teaching a priority, faculty development, infrastructure, and rewards for teaching. Faculty seemed to view evaluation of teaching as either an impossible mission or an activity with a questionable potential for teaching improvement. In nearly a third of the focus groups, faculty called on the university to increase its commitment to redefine the role of teaching. In nearly half of the discussions, faculty affirmed support for the concept of central resources to improve teaching, while some faculty felt that the school's existing facilities did not support excellent teaching. In nearly half of the focus groups faculty noted that the incentives seemed insufficient to reward excellent teaching. (Contains 27 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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