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ERIC Number: EJ998758
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0736-7627
Sink or Swim: The Climate for Teaching as Viewed by Award-Winning Teachers
Smith, Justin M.
Journal of Faculty Development, v27 n1 p20-27 Jan 2013
This study explores the climate for teaching at a major Midwest research university. Teaching climate is generally defined as the shared perceptions of current organizational processes that affect the institutional environment for teaching (Peterson et al., 1991; Tagiuri, 1968). Three types of distinguished teaching awards were used to select participants. From that population a random sample of thirteen participants were selected for semi-structured interviews. Analysis of these interviews revealed three central themes descriptive of the current climate: insufficient recognition of the scholarship of teaching, lack of systematic opportunities to improve teaching, and variable administrative commitment and support. (Contains 5 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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