ERIC Number: ED224774
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
The Relative Force of Selected Environmental Factors upon the Professional Activities of University-Based Teacher Educators.
Carter, Heather L.; And Others
An investigation identified environmental factors influencing the activities of university-based teacher educators and described the interaction effect of environmental factors and selected faculty roles. Environmental factors examined were personal influences, the departmental promotion and salary committee, central university administration, national professional organizations, federal and state governments, accrediting and certification agencies, and public schools. The interaction effect of these factors was explored as they influenced teacher educators in two different faculty roles--rank and teaching assignment (campus vs. field based). Interviews were conducted with 7 assistant professors, ll associate professors, and 4 full professors. Seven of these teacher educators were exclusively campus-based faculty members, 4 were public-school-based, and 11 had mixed responsibilities. The perceived influence of the departmental promotion and salary committee declined across ranks. While assistants indicated this factor to be one exerting rather high pressure, it was deemed less important by associate and full professors. Personal influence was high across all ranks, particularly as it reflected self-esteem. Federal and state government influence was perceived as an important factor by all ranks because government agencies awarded research grants and established public school policies. The perceived influence of national professional networks increased with rank. Influence from the university, beyond the department, was not apparent among assistant professors and was apparent to the greatest degree in associate professors. Faculty working mainly in the field did not see accrediting and certification agencies or government agencies as strong influences, while the reverse was true of campus-based faculty. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.