ERIC Number: EJ1071485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
The Meaning of Flexibility in Teaching: Views from College Students and Exemplary College Instructors
Yoo, Julia H.; Schallert, Diane L.; Svinicki, Marilla D.
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v26 n3 p191-217 2015
This study examined the meaning of flexibility in teaching at the postsecondary level and its connection to teaching effectiveness. A total of 500 college students and 15 instructors participated. Data were gathered using an online survey with open-ended questions for the students and one-on-one interviews with instructors. Analysis followed a grounded theory approach. Findings indicated that both students and instructors believed that when an effective teacher is also flexible, student learning improves. Considered as a crucial component of teaching effectiveness, flexibility in teaching is closely associated with a teacher's metacognitive reflection on student learning.
Descriptors: College Students, College Faculty, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Instructional Innovation, Postsecondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Online Surveys, Interviews, Grounded Theory, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Metacognition, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Expertise, Undergraduate Students, Student Diversity, Student Needs, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Participation, Teacher Student Relationship, Academic Achievement, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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