At a time of high college student attrition rates, faculty who work in higher education settings are being challenged more than ever before with accountability for student learning. The purpose of this article is to share insights relative to a multi-year professional development initiative that provided college faculty with an opportunity to explore changes in their teaching. Over the course of three years, faculty members honed their knowledge, skills, and dispositions relative to a specific instructional strategy for their own classrooms: differentiated instruction. An experiential approach to the initiative was used, and the degree to which participants committed to change their own instructional practices was evaluated. Results indicated an encouraging degree of success, especially in technology integration, providing clear objectives and feedback to students, and enhanced student engagement.
McCarty, Wendy; Crow, Sherry R.; Mims, Grace A.; Potthoff, Dennis E.; and Harvey, Jennifer S.
"Renewing Teaching Practices: Differentiated Instruction in the College Classroom,"
Journal of Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Leadership in Education: Vol. 1
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/ctlle/vol1/iss1/5