Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Connecting instructor practices & community college student success
by Kunkle-Gaiero, Kristina A., Ed.D., Saint Mary's College of California, 2010, 149; 3427079
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation identified the practices utilized by three exemplary instructors in a Northern California Community College. The case study approach was the method of choice based on the questions that this study sought to answer. The methodology included interviews, focus group sessions, classroom observations and document review. Eight overarching themes were identified: Teacher Training, Field Success, Group Work, Efficient Methods, Shares Power, Realistic Expectations, Applicability and Sets the Tone. It was concluded that student success was significantly influenced by the teaching practices of these instructors. Future studies are needed on how instructors contribute to success in other educational disciplines. Training programs can be developed from this research and tested for effectiveness by measuring outcomes such as the success rate.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Thomas, Suzy
Commitee: Parish, Mary, Pinet, Celine
School: Saint Mary's College of California
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 71/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Educational leadership, Vocational education
Keywords: College, Community college, Exemplary instructors, Instructor, Occupational, Practices, Success, Vocational
Publication Number: 3427079
ISBN: 978-1-124-30310-9
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