ERIC Number: EJ1053295
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
Measuring and Improving the Climate for Teaching: A Multi-Year Study
Lyon, Julie S.; Gettman, Hilary J.; Roberts, Scott P.; Shaw, Cynthia E.
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v26 n1 p111-138 2015
All organizations have "climates" that significantly affect their employees' performance and satisfaction. The authors posit that an academic department's "climate for teaching" (CFT)--or the the extent to which excellent teaching is rewarded, supported, and expected--has a profound impact on the experience of its instructors and on the quality of education they provide. Further, they argue that CFT can be altered by deliberate interventions. To these ends, the authors developed and refined a measure of CFT using a sample of graduate student instructors at a large public university. Additionally, they tested the impact of direct interventions on CFT using a pretest/posttest quasi-experimental design with multiple control groups and showed that the treatment department had significantly higher CFT. They discuss the importance of measuring and monitoring CFT for all types of institutions, especially given the increased expectations for faculty research productivity.
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Teaching Assistants, Graduate Students, Intervention, Pretests Posttests, Teaching Conditions, Environmental Influences, Quasiexperimental Design, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Comparative Analysis, Correlation, Online Surveys, Likert Scales, Psychology, Job Satisfaction, Factor Analysis, Social Sciences, Longitudinal Studies, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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