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ERIC Number: EJ875509
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0740-8404
Four Steps to a Standards-Embracing Department
Jacobs, Alan; Jacobs, Sally; Coe, Ted; Carruthers, Connie
AMATYC Review, v28 n2 p19-22 Spr 2007
How did it happen that both full-time and adjunct faculty at Scottsdale Community College embrace a standards-based curriculum from beginning algebra through differential equations? Simply put, it didn't just happen. Not only did it take well over a decade, but it was also the result of a sequence of initiatives, decisions, discussions, targeted faculty development, and a willingness to take risks. This article summarizes that sequence of initiatives in four steps: (1) Invest in a manageable change, with a plan to bring the entire department along. We made this investment when we adopted a reform-calculus book in 1994; (2) Engage the adjunct and full-time faculty in activities that build mutual respect. We began joint professional development seminars that led to learning communities; (3) Implement your initiative to solve the problem only when you have agreement about what the problem is. The key word is "agreement." Our initiatives were most successful when we were patient enough to come to agreement; and (4) Build on past successes. After several initiatives you develop a department process. Use your unique department process on each new initiative.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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