Honored But Invisible:
An Inside Look at Teaching in Community Colleges

W. Norton Grubb

This book examines the nature of teaching, and the institutional forces that shape it, in community colleges. These colleges include the most diverse students and the most varied subjects of any form of education in the U.S. Unfortunately, both they and the teaching within them are often invisible.

The volume draws on observations of and interviews with over 300 instructors and administrators to describe the range of teaching. It argues that community colleges should take greater advantage of the institutional influences on the quality of instruction--such as personnel policies, instructor training, and the culture established by administrators. Only then will they be able to realize their enormous potential as "teaching colleges" providing a great variety of academic, workforce, and remedial education.

Routledge: 1999: 416 pp
Cloth: 0 415 92164 3: #D5935: $75.00
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W. Norton Grubb is Professor and David Gardner Chair in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley. He is author of Working in the Middle: Strengthening Education and Training for the Mid-Skilled Labor Force (1996) and Learning to Work: The Case for Re-integrating Job Training and Education (1996).

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