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ERIC Number: EJ897804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1068-610X
Effects of Learning-Style Responsive versus Traditional Staff Development on Community College Professors' Attitudes toward Alternative Instructional Strategies
Hart, Christina T.; Dunn, Rita
Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, v16 n1 p13-21 Fall 2008
How does one know whether traditional or innovative staff development is working? This study compared the effects of professors' attitudes toward learning through traditional staff development versus alternative instructional strategies for teaching community college students. Eight-four professors participated in this study. The average participant was a White female between the ages of 40-49 who taught in the departments of Arts and Sciences. For this study the participants attended workshops focused on three different instructional strategies for teaching college students--Programmed Learning Sequences (PLS), Team Learning (TL), and Circle of Knowledge (COK). These three strategies were taught in a counter-balanced design. Thus, each group of faculty was taught with both a traditional and a learning-style approach, but in a different sequence so that each group served as its own control in a repeated measures design. The Productivity Environmental Preference Survey (PEPS) identified the participants' learning styles. The Semantic Differential Scale (SDS) (Pizzo, 1981) assessed their attitudes toward each of the two different instructional approaches. The community college faculty's attitudes significantly (p less than 0.05) favored the learning-styles responsive approach over the traditionally taught workshop regardless of the content. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Productivity Environmental Preference Survey