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In this speech to the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, an educator describes her experiences as a telecourse teacher, which led her to thinking about the goals and purposes of community college teaching. From there, the speech addresses the question of how to provide quality in education in light of technological advancements introduced into educational practices. Asserting that educational reform is nothing new to teaching, the paper advocates looking at the past to speculate on how educators should respond to the future. It considers the ways innovations have generated controversy, and how economics and politics provided the necessary backdrop for change to take place. Taken together, all three factors have helped shape teaching practice. One way to look at how innovation influences teaching practice is to consider how it has changed the ways students gain access to information and participate in the educational process. The speech also questions how teachers are to balance the role of evaluator and the role of tutor, and how their perspective about these two roles shapes the way they look at educational change. The paper concludes with three qualities that students look for in their teachers: respecting students, caring about student learning, and listening to what students say about teaching. (VWC)

Descriptors: Community Colleges, Distance Education, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Outcomes of Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Experience, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges

Author: Kennedy, Cathleen A.


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