ERIC Number: ED051800
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-May
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Pennsylvania Community College Faculty: Career Patterns and Educational Issues.
Patterson, Robert A.
This study identified prior career experiences of 612 junior college faculty in 10 of 12 junior colleges in Pennsylvania and investigated the relationship between identified career experiences and faculty attitudes toward progressive-traditional education issues. Attention was given to the prior career experiences that faculty members felt had the greatest influence on forming their attitudes toward education. These experiences were classified as (1) degree held; and (2) the kind of institutions they were last affiliated with (public school, junior college, 4-year college, graduate school, or business and industry). Kerlinger's Education Scale VII (ESVII) was the measurement inventory used in the study. It was found that: (1) there are statistically significant differences between the subjective pre-organizational career pattern classification of faculty and their attitudes toward educational issues; (2) attitudes of faculty toward education issues do not vary according to the number of jobs held; (3) there is a significant relationship between selected biographical characteristics of faculty, especially academic field and age, and attitudes toward educational issues. It was concluded that community college leaders must try harder to recruit progressive faculty by developing closer contacts with those in graduate study and/or from 4-year institutions. The questionnaire used in the study is included. (CA)
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Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Center for the Study of Higher Education.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania