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ERIC Number: EJ774388
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0736-7627
Hard Lessons: The Transition from Graduate TA to Regional Branch Campus Science Professor
Hay, Michael T.; Deutsch, Peter
Journal of Faculty Development, v20 n3 p167-176 Nov 2005
The experiences of a chemistry professor and a physics professor at a regional branch campus of Penn State University are described. In both instances, the faculty members had previously served as teaching assistants at a research intensive institution, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The unique pedagogical struggles involved in teaching at a two-year regional branch campus of a research I university are described. The underlying challenge both faculty members address is the need to present research I caliber science courses designed by faculty at a research I university to regional branch campus students, many of whom are poorly prepared academically. The academic adjustments used by both faculty members to address this challenge are described and include: enforcing entrance exams and course prerequisites, collecting and grading homework, providing study guide handouts, integrating the lecture and the laboratory, and providing frequent one-on-one coaching to the students in a variety of settings. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania