ERIC Number: ED222995
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Overseas Activities of Professors of Educational Administration, 1970-1981.
Jennings, Robert E.; Boyle, David T.
Forty-four professors of educational administration who had participated in the Overseas Clearinghouse file, a self-reporting of information about other nations, were surveyed about their activities. The instrument inquired about what professors were doing in terms of research, teaching, or consulting and how these tasks were being supported. Usable responses were received from 30 professors reporting on 45 activities. The data show that faculty in educational administration who take up overseas activities are most likely to be university professors or associate professors who have chosen to use their sabbatical leaves as opportunities to spend at least half of the academic year in a different place. Most usually, overseas activity involves them in teaching and researching as well as some consulting. Financial support is based on a sabbatical salary to which is added, in many cases, a stipend from the host institution. Some obtain research grants or fellowships. The two most frequently reported areas of specialization are (1) governance and policy studies and (2) organization theory and behavior. The implications of the data are that overseas activity is an individual entrepreneurial effort. Professors go largely out of their own interests to observe or study their own specialty in a foreign setting rather than engage in cross-cultural studies, exchange activities, or cooperative binational studies. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Academic Rank (Professional), College Faculty, Educational Administration, Faculty Fellowships, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, International Educational Exchange, Leaves of Absence, Overseas Employment, Sabbatical Leaves, Tables (Data), Teacher Exchange Programs, Travel
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Overseas Activities
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Professors of Educational Administration (36th, San Marcos, TX, August 15-20, 1982).