ERIC Number: ED162678
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Analysis of Professional Development Needs of Part-Time Continuing Education Instructors at St. Petersburg Junior College.
Long, Edward J., Jr.
In order to determine the characteristics of continuing education instructors at St. Petersburg Junior College, as well as their professional development interests and attitudes toward the college, a survey was administered to the 125 instructors and yielded an 82% response rate. The study showed: (1) the most typical instructor was a white female, age 44, holding a bachelor's degree; (2) keeping abreast of new discipline developments and gaining greater depth of knowledge ranked as the most important professional development needs; (3) fringe benefits and merit pay were seen as the most important incentives for the instructors; and (4) the teachers rated "friendly" as the best descriptor of the working environment. The study results suggest the necessity of: recognizing the part-time faculty as an important segment of the total staff; coordinating goals of staff development programs with those of the institution and instructors; initiating a varied format of development programs; researching existing programs at other colleges; considering motivation factors, along with hygiene factors, to stimulate interest in development activities; and including more minority group instructors when staffing new activities. A review of the literature and the survey questionnaire are included. (MB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Age, College Environment, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Educational Background, Faculty Development, Females, Inservice Education, Literature Reviews, Males, Part Time Faculty, School Surveys, Staff Development, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Motivation, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed. D. Dissertation, Nova University. Appendices C-F have been deleted due to irreproducibility