ERIC Number: ED210053
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
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Generativity, Stuckness, and Insulation: Community College Faculty in Massachusetts.
Brookes, Michael Clifford Todd
This study examines the psychosocial conditions of generativity and stagnation and personal characteristics related to these conditions among senior faculty at five community colleges in Massachusetts. Chapter I outlines the problem and purpose of the study; defines "stuckness" as a lack of challenge or career options, contrasting it with burnout; details study limitations and assumptions; and suggests the significance of the research. A review of related work in higher education, psychology, and business is presented in Chapter II, where Erickson's definitions reveal generativity as a stage in human development characterized by a productive and forward-looking orientation. Chapter III details study design, which included a survey, personal interviews, and the administration of a job satisfaction/dissatisfaction scale to 27 faculty members. Chapter IV presents findings, including: (1) both generativity and stuckness were identified among the instructors; (2) faculty experiencing generativity and stuckness had distinctive characteristics rooted in their job satisfaction, hours spent on campus, attitudes toward students, satisfaction from and feelings toward teaching, and plans; and (3) insulation, a third stage related to leveling off in professional development, was identified. In Chapter V, conclusions are presented related to the needs of insulated staff and the value of staff development. Appendices contain the survey instruments and related materials. (KL)
Descriptors: Burnout, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Individual Development, Job Satisfaction, Psychological Patterns, Surveys, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Morale, Teacher Motivation, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Note: Ed. D. Dissertation, University of Massachusetts.