ERIC Number: ED216577
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar-19
Reference Count: 0
Self Improvement Questions for College Teachers.
A detailed list of questions for writing one's autobiography as a college teacher are presented, and suggestions for synthesizing the fragments of one's working life with several devices for self-improvement are offered. The list of questions was derived from some general systems research models of career development and the learning relationship. The autobiographical vignettes can be helpful in revealing skills and career choices. Ninety-five questions and a checklist of elements and career stages are presented as guidelines and a stimulus for assessment for managers, counselors, and career decision-makers outside of academe. Career stages are identified as: early life, narrowing the range of choice, early job experience, first big job, commitment, turning points, other opportunities, mature productive years, and retirement. Attention is addressed to cultural, personal, or situational roles. Cultural roles include background sociophysical variables, individual culture, nature and culture of the occupation, culture of the corporation, socializer agenda, and outside influences. Personal roles include personality development, proximate personal determinants, and socializer strategies; situational roles include sociopsychological attributes, individual general situation, proximate social determinants, immediate situational determinants, and definition of the situation. Within these roles, the 95 considerations include interacting variables. Self-exploration efforts for the college teacher might include 12 ways of gathering materials, including: a daily teaching journal, student ratings of the teacher, and a faculty growth contract. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association (Portland, OR, March 19, 1981).