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Instruction and Assessment Technique Choices of Adjunct Humanities and Social Science Instructors in Virginia Community Colleges

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dc.contributor.advisor Schrum, Kelly
dc.contributor.author Kiser, Lyda Costello
dc.creator Kiser, Lyda Costello
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-21T19:17:17Z
dc.date.available 2018-10-21T19:17:17Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/11129
dc.description.abstract Issues of instruction and assessment at community colleges are influenced by the high percentage of classes taught by adjunct faculty. In 2014 for the Virginia Community College System, part-time instructors comprised 70.3% of instructional faculty. This dissertation describes the instruction and assessment technique choices of adjunct instructors in humanities and social sciences at five Virginia community colleges, identified through survey, interview, and observation data, and what influences instructors in this study make choices about what techniques to use. Profiles of observed instructors provide examples of specific instructor experiences. Four themes are identified: 1) personal dedication of instructors; 2) instructors’ practice of teaching how they learned; 3) constant revision of courses taught; and, 4) limited availability of collegial interaction or professional development opportunities. With the increasing importance that adjuncts play in providing undergraduate education, understanding how these instructors teach and assess student learning informs college practices in decisions about using adjuncts, appropriate professional development, and processes for hiring and evaluation.
dc.format.extent 212 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2017 Lyda Costello Kiser
dc.subject Community college education en_US
dc.subject Higher education en_US
dc.subject Pedagogy en_US
dc.subject assessment techniques en_US
dc.subject choices en_US
dc.subject community college en_US
dc.subject instruction techniques en_US
dc.subject teaching en_US
dc.title Instruction and Assessment Technique Choices of Adjunct Humanities and Social Science Instructors in Virginia Community Colleges
dc.type Dissertation
thesis.degree.level D.A.
thesis.degree.discipline Community College Education
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University


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