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Encyclopedia of Information Communication Technologies and Adult Education Integration
An approach to a learning environment where the instructor focuses on the content and information to be acquired by the students.
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Evaluating Teaching in Adult Education
James B. Martin (Army’s Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, USA) and Royce Ann Collins (Kansas State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-906-0.ch050
Teaching is the bedrock of the learning environment; however, few instructors receive formal instruction on how to teach. While the quality of teaching adults can be assessed in numerous ways, these authors used their experience of creating faculty development programs at small, liberal arts universities to discuss instructor selection, student ratings, mentorship, and peer review. Looking through the lens of formative assessment (evaluation for improvement rather than judgment) and faculty development, this chapter looks at creating a faculty evaluation system which will grow instructors. While many of the items discussed in this chapter could be used with full-time faculty, the focus for these authors is the adjunct community who teach in many adult education programs.
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Interpretive Research: A Constructivist Approach
A view that knowledge only comes from sensory experience.
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