ERIC Number: ED230251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-14
The Few Among the Many: Interviews of Minority Community College Faculty.
Seidman, Earl; And Others
Between 1979 and 1981, in-depth interviews were conducted with 76 faculty and staff members at community colleges in New York, Massachusetts, and California. During a series of three interviews, participants were asked to talk openly about their lives before they were employed at the college; the nature and quality of their day-to-day work activities; and the meaning of their work and its place in their lives. Self-contained profiles were constructed for 35 participants from verbatim transcripts of their interviews. An analysis of the profiles of three minority group participants, who were working in predominantly white community colleges in California, revealed that: (1) while issues of minority status were central to the experience of the participants, they also had to contend with the same issues currently facing all community college faculty (e.g., academic standards and student retention); (2) minority faculty were affected by the complex interaction of racism, social class, power, and opportunity; (3) many minority participants had resisted efforts by their schools and counselors to track them into non-academic vocational curricula; and (4) participants felt they had to work harder, do their job better, more thoroughly and conscientiously than their non-minority colleagues. The report describes the methodological considerations involved in indepth interviewing and includes the complete profiles of three minority group faculty members: a black counselor and teacher in her 30s; a Chicano history instructor in his 40s; and a Black physics teacher in his 40s. (AYC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 11-14, 1983).