Column considers core issues impacting community colleges

In a column titled “Community College Professors Often Fail at Teaching,” columnist and blogger, Jay Mathews, referenced findings from The College Fear Factor: How Students and Professors Misunderstand One Another by Dr. Rebecca Cox.  Cox’s book was the result of a five-year qualitative research study to understand core issues present in community college classrooms between faculty and students.  Findings included that faculty do not place as much importance on pedagogy and often do not communicate expectations to students.  In present day, Cox maintains that core classroom dynamics must include a reconceptualizing of pedagogy in order for the attention placed on learning outcomes and dev ed to be meaningful.  Cox is currently assistant professor at Simon Fraser University.

Source: The Washington Post


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