ERIC Number: ED270037
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jun
Higher Education Faculty as Role Models: A Perceptual Comparison between Students and Educators with Implications for the Improvement of Teaching and Educational Management.
Kavina, George; Pedras, Melvin J.
A study was undertaken to determine whether professors as role models are part of the collegiate experience of the majority of students and what specific role models the faculty convey. Implications of findings for the improvement of teaching and management in higher education were also assessed. Students and faculty from the College of Education at the University of Nevada and the University of Idaho were studied. Student and faculty questionnaires were administered to undergraduate and graduate students and junior and senior professors. Four major role models were identified: academic, mentor, citizen, and friend. The academic model represented the academician and scholarly person, while the mentor was represented by a professor who was personally interested in students, could individualize programs and learning, and provide an exemplary personal model. The citizen model was someone who believed in community interaction and represented the academic profession outside the campus. Finally, the friend was seen as a warm and friendly professor who could casually talk with students and relate to them in an informal manner. Since both students and faculty agreed that the roles of professional educator and mentor were most important, staff development activities and other approaches to enhance these types of faculty involvement were recommended. Student and faculty questionnaires are appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Seminar on Staff, Program, and Organizational Development (Witzenhausen, West Germany, June 24-29, 1986).