Just a few snippets from an article by David Joost.
A study by Chickering and Gamson chose to offer solutions to to our on-going list of barriers to good education: low funding, attendance, progress, completion; barriers to travel, child care, facilities, finances, administration, etc. Their solution? “We must look to ourselves for our own salvation [improvements in adult education]. Our teachers are our best resource and the only resource we have that can make significant differences to learners. The improvement of teaching is the essence of professional development.”
Teachers struggle “as they try to educate students with then 20th Century and now 21st Century attention spans.”
What do they offer? Chickering and Gamson’s SEVEN PRINCIPLES FOR GOOD PRACTICE “have already been validated by good educational research… and are not meant to be relegated to a convenient chicklist.”
They are common sense, and they are hard work.
“They change the expectations for teachers. They change the expectations for learners.”
“These principles give faculty the tools they need to transcent uninspired instructional practice and robotic methods of delivery.”
Interested? More coming soon!