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ERIC Number: EJ897466
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0736-7627
Rigorous Evaluations of Faculty Development Programs
Kucsera, John V.; Svinicki, Marilla
Journal of Faculty Development, v24 n2 p5-18 May 2010
Prior research has called for rigorous evaluations of programs designed to improve college teaching, mostly in response to the missing literature supporting its practice. The purpose of this review was to explore whether such evaluations have taken place since the last examination in 1991. From a systematic review of nine leading publication sources known for reporting faculty development evaluation studies between 1992 and 2007, only a limited number of studies assessing instructional improvement programs that met best practice standards were found. This overall finding indicates that we have yet to incorporate recommendations from previous reviews that advocate the need for evaluation precision. Such obstacles standing in our way include the limited nature of faculty development interventions and lack of evaluation training. Nevertheless, rigor is needed, and suggestions for improvement include implementing unconventional designs with recommended evaluation principles. (Contains 1 table and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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