ERIC Number: ED478627
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Community College Teaching: Institutional Support for High Student Outcomes.
Bedard, Arlana Dee
This collaborative action research project investigated community college teaching, institutional efforts in support of teaching, and effective teacher development practices. Central to this investigation were the perceptions and practices of teachers who produce high student outcomes, interventions that the institutions can provide to support teachers, and the establishment of effective teacher development measures to bring about real change in the teaching practices of newly appointed community college teachers. The research project was guided by three questions: (1) What are the characteristics and teaching practices of faculty that lead to high student outcomes; (2) How do community colleges effectively support the efforts of faculty who are successful in producing high student outcomes, and (3) how can this knowledge be incorporated into an effective program of teacher development in support of newly appointed community college teachers. The author examined the perceptions of faculty members with high student outcomes to identify effective institutional processes of supporting teaching efforts. Data collection included interviews, questionnaires, observations, and document analysis. The research findings were used to generate a model for the examination and continuous improvement of the effort to support first-year community college teachers. Appended are sample questionnaires, student data, and interview protocols. (Contains 96 references.) (RC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Information Analyses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D Dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles.