Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education

 

Date of this Version

1997

Document Type

Article

Comments

To Improve the Academy, published by the Professional and Organizational

Development Network in Higher Education, volume 16, 1997.

Abstract

This paper describes a theory-based faculty development program and provides preliminary evidence as to its effectiveness in promoting change in thinking about teaching. The program design was based on Ramsden's (1992) theory of teacher growth and Mezirow's (1991) transformative theory in adult education. The program was offered as a three-credit course to graduate students and as a week-long (40 hours) workshop to faculty. Assessment included responses to pre- post- questions about participants' views from teaching. Results indicate that both groups changed their focus from viewing teaching as transmitting knowledge to a more integrated and complex conception of teaching.

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