The Promise of Faculty Inquiry for Teaching and Learning Basic Skills

The Promise of Faculty Inquiry for Teaching and Learning Basic Skills

A new report from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching examines how faculty inquiry has been mobilized to improve the teaching and learning of basic skills at California community colleges participating in the foundation's Strengthening Pre-Collegiate Education in Community Colleges initiative, which is also funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The report, The Promise of Faculty Inquiry for Teaching and Learning Basic Skills (52 pages, PDF), found that asking good questions, gathering and examining evidence, experimenting with new approaches, and circulating knowledge are critical to the continued improvement of basic skills programs. The report also recommends creating a "teaching commons" — a set of interconnected forums where conversations about learning take place — on each campus.