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ERIC Number: ED435381
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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Evaluation of College Teaching in a Community of Practice.
Stake, Robert E.; Cohernour, Edith J. Cisneros
The traditional concept of evaluating college teaching involves evaluation of each autonomous instructor in each classroom on campus. This paper addresses a competing concept--the need for evaluating the contribution each instructor makes to the maintenance and improvement of all instructional programs in the department--holding that both individual and team contributions need to be considered if campus teaching is to be adequately evaluated. Common problems with campus instruction that call for collective attention of faculty include teachers with poor communication skills; little organized assistance for individuals; weak articulation between adjacent and subsequent courses; and course difficulty set to screen candidates for advanced work rather than to teach each student as much as possible. A case study illustrates the lack of feedback for instructors about their teaching skills, even when they actively seek it. The paper notes, however, the possible loss of classroom autonomy that is inherent in increasing the ethic of a community of practice that directs more evaluation of campus teaching toward collaborative problem-solving. (JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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