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ERIC Number: EJ871563
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1172
Variation in General Instructional Objectives among Instructors at Two Community Colleges in a Western State
Lei, Simon A.
Education, v129 n2 p294-307 Win 2008
Variation in general instructional objectives among instructors in two community colleges (X and Y) located in a western state was investigated through a survey research. A three-part survey instrument was developed to facilitate this study. Although instructors realized the importance of each cognitive item, they focused significantly more on knowledge outcomes, integration and application of concepts/theories than recalling of factual information. Instructors emphasized significantly more on communication, computer, critical thinking, and laboratory/research skills compared to study and social/interpersonal skills. However, no significant differences were found among affective traits from instructors' perspectives, indicating that they valued each affective trait similarly. Three recommendations were made based on results of this study. Some instructors at Community Colleges X and Y should diversify general instructional objectives, focus on what students can actually accomplish, and describe the ultimate outcome of instruction in precise terms in order to help instructors select the most effective methods of teaching their respective courses. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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