ERIC Number: ED313060
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec-6
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Community College Faculty: Why Do They Write What They Write? (And Why Do They Write at All?)
Sutherland, Mark J.
An analysis of 10 journal articles written by community college instructors revealed marked similarities in the authors' topics, writing styles, basic assumptions, data sources, and motivations to write. The authors focused their writing on curricular matters within their academic fields, using general teacher journals and teacher journals in specific academic areas as their primary sources. The instructors' choice of topics may have been influenced by the following factors: (1) the classroom is the domain of the instructor; (2) instructors teach because they truly enjoy it; (3) publishing an article on classroom instruction may serve as an outlet for communicating teaching methods and ideas to colleagues; (4) satisfaction comes from knowing that ideas are valued by peers; (5) writing about instruction is a possible way to limit curricular decisionmaking to the realm of the instructor; (6) instructors may have been encouraged by administrators to write about their classroom approaches to improve the prestige of their community college; and (7) educational journals actively solicit paper submissions. By writing, the well-integrated instructor may be attempting to fill a void in his/her professional life, break free from the established dichotomy between research and instruction, or avoid professional stagnation. (VVC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses; Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Graduate seminar paper, University of California, Los Angeles.