Effective teacher behaviors in higher education and in LIS education programs: a review of the literature
The literature on effective teaching behaviors among postsecondary instructors in general and among library and information science (LIS) instructors in particular is reviewed. Methodology and results of process-product studies, perception studies of effective college teaching, and teacher immediacy studies investigating low-inference teaching behaviors of college and university instructors are presented and discussed. Three research-based models for the study and improvement of college teaching are described, namely, Lowman's two-dimensional model of effective college teaching, the seven principles for good practice, and a five-step process for improving teaching. Findings from the research on effective teaching in LIS are provided, and the importance of adopting a multidimensional perspective with regard to the complicated construct of teaching is discussed.
Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, Volume 39, Issue 3, Summer 1998, pages 163-174.