ERIC Number: ED545359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov-11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
Need for Equipping Teachers for Quality Higher Education: Exploring How Teachers in Kerala Perceive Quality Practices in Higher Education
Gafoor, Kunnthodi Abdul; Shilna, V.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the National Seminar on Reforms in Higher Education (Kerala, India, Nov 11, 2013)
Over the past few years, India's higher education sector has witnessed remarkable progress. Though the country has the largest and the second largest higher education system in the world in terms of the number of institutions and enrolment respectively, it still faces challenges on several fronts. Quality of higher education (HE) is a function of infrastructure, accessibility and recruitment of good teachers, ability to cater to societal demands, motivation of students, employability of the programme, and flexibility for administrative and academic reforms and freedom for innovations. Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-2017) recognizes the challenges facing India's HE system. The plan has made several proposals to resolve the challenges in expansion, equity and excellence. This paper discusses teachers' perception of quality of teaching in colleges and the suggestion for improvements thereof. Many factors that contribute to quality of HE can be viewed from a teacher perspective. This investigation recognized five major areas that have a bearing on quality of HE. They are effective teaching, meeting special learners in HE, assessment in HE, classroom problems and innovative solutions and using ICT in classrooms. How teachers in Kerala perceive these dimensions of HE were explored through unstructured interview. Results evidence many challenges in quality of HE. Teachers being doorkeepers of thoughts can play a good role for the improvement of HE. One way to overcome these challenges is to equip teachers with enough in-service courses in problem areas. An orientation course once for all is not sufficient to cater to enhance professional competencies of teachers for quality HE.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Higher Education, Teacher Recruitment, Student Motivation, Innovation, Educational Change, Teacher Attitudes, Equal Education, Excellence in Education, Educational Improvement, College Faculty, Teacher Role, Inservice Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Special Needs Students, Student Evaluation, Information Technology, Educational Planning, Strategic Planning, Semi Structured Interviews
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India