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Cross, K. Patricia – 2002
According to Kasulis, a class discussion has three dimensions: content, process, and people. Though content is an obvious element that is usually thoroughly researched, process can be problematic for many teachers. Some students tend to dominate, while others disengage, and the discussion often wanders. These problems can be alleviated with…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Classroom Techniques, Community Colleges, Curriculum Design
Cross, K. Patricia – 2003
This guide offers suggestions for implementing active learning techniques in the community college classroom. The author argues that, although much of the literature on active learning emphasizes collaboration and small-group learning, active learning does not always involve interaction. It must also involve reflection and self-monitoring of both…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Activity Units, Class Activities, College Faculty
Cross, K. Patricia – 1986
Although experts overwhelmingly support the idea of using assessment to improve college instruction, most testing programs call for summative evaluation or accountability rather than formative evaluation. In using assessment to improve instruction it is essential to examine what decisions should be made in order to improve instruction.…
Descriptors: Classroom Research, College Faculty, College Instruction, Educational Assessment
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Cross, K. Patricia – Community College Review, 1983
Examines the impact of new student populations on community colleges. Notes the proliferation of remedial programs, individualized instruction, and diagnostic testing and placement services in response to student learning problems and the expansion of noncredit offerings, experiential learning credit, and cooperative education programs responding…
Descriptors: Adult Students, Basic Skills, College Programs, Community Colleges
Cross, K. Patricia – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2005
The instruction that we provide, the intellectual climate that we create, and the policy decisions that we make should all start with the question, "But will it improve students' learning?" Basic to any answer is the state of our knowledge about learning. A spate of recent research has resulted in comprehensive and lengthy reviews of surveys of…
Descriptors: Investigations, Lifelong Learning, Educational Environment, Active Learning
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Cross, K. Patricia – American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 1996
Discusses the role of classroom research in scholarship concerning learning and teaching at the college level. Identifies a shift from assessment for accountability to assessment for improvement to attention to roles of college faculty. Shows how use of classroom assessment techniques as part of a classroom research program can immediately improve…
Descriptors: Accountability, Classroom Research, College Instruction, Educational Trends
Cross, K. Patricia – 1998
This paper suggests that students and their learning should become the focus of everything that college faculty do, examining what is currently known about student learning and where this knowledge comes from. Two large volumes have been published on what is known about student learning in college. A distillation of what is known can be extracted…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Cognitive Style, College Students, Cooperative Learning
Cross, K. Patricia – 1979
The future of higher education, especially that of the community college, is discussed. The role of the community college in advancing new concepts--such as open admissions, equal opportunity, and community involvement--is recounted. The development of higher education in the United States is traced, and problems created by the recently instituted…
Descriptors: Adult Students, College Role, Community Colleges, Computer Assisted Instruction
Cross, K. Patricia – 1990
The mission, curricula, students, and faculty of community colleges make them ideal laboratories for the study of teaching and learning at the college level. To accomplish this goal, community college faculty members should take on the role of classroom researchers, conducting careful, systematic, and patient studies of their students in the…
Descriptors: Action Research, Classroom Research, College Faculty, College Role
Cross, K. Patricia – 1989
The educational reform movement of the 1980s has sparked a renewed emphasis on the quality of teaching and learning, not only in community colleges, but at every level of education. Most teachers embark upon their careers knowing very little about teaching and learning and, unfortunately, remain naive observers of their profession. Classroom…
Descriptors: Classroom Research, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Formative Evaluation
Cross, K. Patricia – 1997
Since community colleges play such a key role in meeting the needs for workforce development as well as open access to education, considerable pressure is placed on the colleges to demonstrate their effectiveness. Recently, the focus of assessment in community colleges has shifted from gathering data that legislators and accrediting agencies want…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Classroom Research, College Role, Community Colleges
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Cross, K. Patricia – About Campus, 1996
Advocates that campus professionals, particularly student affairs professionals, refocus on student learning in all its dimensions. Discusses research and learning, students' 24-hour needs, engaging in professional inquiry, collegiality, and classroom assessment techniques. Reiterates that learning is the goal of all education and that students…
Descriptors: College Role, College Students, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education
Cross, K. Patricia – Journal of Developmental & Remedial Education, 1979
Allegorizes higher education as a superhighway, urging the redesign of the structure of higher education to meet the challenge of student diversity in the classroom. Examines trends in providing educational alternatives and suggests offering a program of services that will permit students to take responsibility for their lifelong learning. (JM)
Descriptors: Adult Students, College Role, Community Colleges, Diversity (Student)
Cross, K. Patricia – AAHE Bulletin, 1988
Eight basic gaps in the college teaching and learning process are described, and teachers are encouraged to use classroom research as a "zipper" to help close them. The gaps include those between: (1) teaching and learning, to be remedied by clear definition of teaching goals and continuous feedback on learning outcomes; (2) teaching and testing,…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Classroom Research, College Curriculum, College Faculty
Cross, K. Patricia – 1983
As the theme of survival has pervaded the community college field, educational leadership has been overshadowed by emphasis on the techniques of strategic planning and management, which tend to focus on response capacity and capitalization on opportunity, rather than on educational goals and commitment. Education today, and in the society of the…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Community Colleges, Educational Objectives, Futures (of Society)
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