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Factors that Influence Faculty Adoption of Learning-Centered Approaches

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This article proposes a recommended course of action for faculty development based upon Rogers’ theory of Diffusion of Innovations and data collected in a study looking at the prevalence of use of learning-centered teaching practices. Specific faculty development strategies are aligned with Rogers’ factors influencing decisions to adopt innovations. The analysis of data indicated that 14% of the faculty members interviewed used predominately learning-centered teaching approaches and 8% rejected learning-centered teaching. Between these extremes, the others used learning-centered teaching components that fit with their personal teaching style and naturally suit their discipline. These recommendations will assist faculty developers, deans, chairs, and mentors in helping faculty members adopt learning-centered teaching practices.

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Blumberg, P. Factors that Influence Faculty Adoption of Learning-Centered Approaches. Innov High Educ 41, 303–315 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10755-015-9346-3

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Keywords

  • Diffusion of innovation
  • Learning-centered teaching
  • Teaching practices