ERIC Number: ED244661
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Part-Time Teachers of Community Colleges: Who Are They and Why Do They Teach?
Morton, Ruth D.; Newman, Dianna L.
A statewide study was conducted to collect demographic data on teachers of non-credit community college courses; to determine the reasons for their part-time employment in continuing education programs; and to ascertain differences in reasons for teaching based on age, sex, length of time engaged in teaching, satisfaction with teaching, and employment as a teacher elsewhere. A two-part survey instrument was sent to a statewide random sample of 294 part-time teachers in non-credit education programs in the six community college areas in the state. Study findings, based on a 78% response rate, included the following: (1) 37% of the respondents were between 25 and 34 years of age, two-thirds were female, and 55% were employed full-time in another capacity; (2) 47% taught hobby and recreation classes; (3) 35.1% had taught for 1 year or less at their present institution; (4) 80% received between $6 and $10 per contact hour; (5) 99% were satisfied with part-time teaching in continuing education; (6) over 45% of the respondents did not have a baccalaureate degree; (7) 65% indicated that personal interest or a hobby had prepared them for teaching; (8) 70% had been involved as learners in continuing education within the past year; and (9) the major reasons given for teaching were to learn; for personal pleasure; to share ideas, knowledge, or skills; and interest in the subject matter. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).