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ERIC Number: ED352904
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov-1
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Extrinsic Rewards and Intrinsic Interest: The Influence of Tenure on Faculty Preference for Teaching or Research. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Colbeck, Carol
This study examined how the awarding of tenure affects senior professors' interests in teaching and research and whether effects are uniformly negative, positive or different depending on the task. A conceptual model was used that involved intrinsic interest and extrinsic rewards, work context, and individual background variables. Data were taken from the 1989 Survey Among College and University Faculty, a total sample of 5,450 faculty from 306 two-year and four-year American colleges and universities. The results of the study show that even after they have attained tenure themselves, faculty perceptions of which tasks are rewarded by tenure continue to influence their intrinsic interest in their professorial tasks. Moreover, the positive influence of tenure has approximately the same magnitude on tenured professors' primary interest in teaching as it does on their primary interest in research. To the extent that faculty perceive research is rewarded by the key gate-keeping academic reward of tenure, their preference for research over teaching increases. Similarly, to the extent that faculty perceive that teaching is rewarded in their departments by tenure, their preference for teaching increases rather than decreases. Professors' primary interests are strongly aligned with the missions of the institutions where they work. (Contains 36 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A