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ERIC Number: ED151065
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Pages: 26
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Faculty Motivation Toward Professional Improvement: A Study of Two-Year College Faculty.
Corwin, Luene Holmes
Faculty from 16 food service and hotel technology programs in New York two-year colleges were surveyed to determine the components of faculty decisions concerning participation in professional improvement activities aimed at updating knowledge, to explore the function and relationship of the components of a composite expectancy model which provided a framework for the study, to replicate a previous test of a commonly used model, and to generate practical implications. Survey techniques involved a mailed questionnaire (98 respondents out of 135 contacted), oral interviews with a stratified random sample of 32, and a written questionnaire completed by 18 of those interviewed. Participants rated 19 activities that could result in professional improvement; working in the hospitality industry, receiving student feedback, and reading books were chosen as most desirable. Faculty considered these activities more likely than others to help them keep current in their subject matter specialty. In relation to personal resources and past experiences, certain activities were rated as less likely to be completed. However, respondents felt knowledge update was highly desirable and instrumental. The expectancy theory proved to be relevant in examining faculty motivation toward professional improvement. (TR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)