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ERIC Number: ED515371
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 117
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-9843-5
Effective Teaching in Higher Education: The Community College Connection
Shepherd, Kimberly M.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Oakland University
Although community colleges are seen as "teaching institutions" there is little, if any, data to support this notion. This study looked at community college instructors' conceptions of effective teaching and their reported usage of effective teaching methods. Survey method was chosen as the most efficient means of collecting an amount of data that offers the desired perspective, approach, and generalizability. Approximately 225 current community college instructors (full and part-time) were surveyed. The instrument included Likert-scale questions which ranged in focus from classroom practice, relationships with students, institutional support for teaching, and faculty interactive in professional development. All these areas were determined to be important aspects of effective teaching. The results showed that although community college instructors participated in workshops and conferences to continue their training as educators, they did not value the impact of research on their day to day teaching activities. Ultimately, this study revealed that although instructors understood the components of effective teaching, they did not indicate using them on a consistent basis in their classrooms. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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