ERIC Number: EJ771457
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
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Fostering Faculty Collaboration in Learning Communities: A Developmental Approach
Stevenson, Catherine B.; Duran, Robert L.; Barrett, Karen A.; Colarulli, Guy C.
Innovative Higher Education, v30 n1 p23-36 Jan 2005
Colleges and universities are adopting learning communities to increase student learning and build cohesion. As learning communities grow in popularity, institutions need to invest in faculty development (Oates, 2001) and understand faculty experiences (Mullen, 2001). The University of Hartford created a program that prepared faculty for collaborative teaching in first-year learning communities. Faculty learned to engage in collaborative behaviors, to think outside disciplinary borders, and to employ a specific template as a heuristic for course development. Results of focus group research about the faculty experience and the impact of the experience on their pedagogy are summarized.
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Team Teaching, Focus Groups, College Faculty, Teaching Experience, Higher Education, Community, Teacher Collaboration, Interdisciplinary Approach, Instructional Development, Heuristics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut