ERIC Number: ED207396
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Professionalism Among Criminal Justice Educators.
Regoli, Robert M.; Miracle, Andrew W., Jr.
Professionalism and its relationship to scholarly productivity was studied. Specific areas of analysis were the degree of professionalism of criminal justice educators, rankings of a series of selected publications, and the relationship between professionalism level and journal productivity. Data were derived from responses by 1,028 of 1,274 criminal justice educators who were mailed a 69-item questionnaire. All respondents were currently involved in teaching and/or research positions in the United States. Using a modified form of Hall's Professionalism Scale, the degree of professionalism was rated for the following subscales: use of the professional organization as a major referent, belief in public service, autonomy, belief in self-regulation, and sense of calling to the field. A journal publication scale was developed to assess the respondents' journal productivity, taking into account both frequency of publishing and quality of publication. Journal weights (means and standards deviations) were calculated for each of the selected publications, and then weights were calculated separately for members of two professional organizations. The findings revealed that the criminal justice occupation lies in the upper-middle quadrant on the professions continuum (based on professionalism level scores). Extensive variation was found among the rankings of the selected criminal justice publications, and the relationship between professionalism level and journal productivity was negligible. The survey questionnaire and Hall's modified Professionalism Scale are appended. (SW)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Criminology, Higher Education, Individual Development, Law Enforcement, Productivity, Professional Associations, Professional Personnel, Researchers, Scholarly Journals, Scholarship, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Motivation
Joint Commission on Criminology and Criminal Justice Education and Standards, University of Illinois, Box 4248, Chicago, IL 60680.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (Dept. of Justice), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Joint Commission on Criminology and Criminal Justice Education and Standards, Chicago, IL.