ERIC Number: ED208740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Perceptions of Summer School Faculty at a Large University.
Tracey, Terence J.; And Others
Eighty-one summer school faculty (84 percent return) completed a questionnaire concerning a variety of issues about summer school. Salary and the adequacy of free time were seen as the main reasons for deciding to teach or not to teach summer school. Most faculty activity during the summer consisted of teaching (42 percent), research (25 percent), and writing (17 percent). Faculty did not want either shorter or longer summer sessions, were against visiting faculty, and generally did not see summer school students as different from those attending during the academic year. Faculty were not in favor of a special workshop for themselves, and held relatively positive views of the summer school administration. The best things about summer school were seen as smaller classes, better faculty/student interaction, and a schedule that allowed for time off during the summer. The worst things were seen as low pay, lack of time to cover material, conditioning teaching contracts, and classes meeting every day. No differences were found by sex, rank, or amount of summer teaching experience; however, there were differences of opinion found when faculty were grouped according to 10-month salary level. (Author/LB)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Job Satisfaction, Summer Schools, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Motivation
University of Maryland, Office of Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Counseling Center, College Park, MD 20742 ($1.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Maryland Univ., College Park. Office of Summer Programs.
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.