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ERIC Number: ED357364
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 12
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Professional Development Issues for Community College English Faculty.
Sydow, Debbie
A study examined the methods by which English faculty in Virginia's community colleges keep abreast of new developments in their fields, the effectiveness of their methods, and steps that the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) might take to enhance professional development. Personal interviews were conducted with English faculty at local universities, face-to-face and telephone interviews were conducted with a selective sample of community college faculty, and telephone interviews were conducted with randomly selected faculty outside the state. Results indicated that: (1) most community college English faculty in Virginia were engaged in professional development activities of one kind or another, activities ranging from publication of textbooks to traveling abroad to reading professional journals; (2) those who reported active involvement in professional development activities within their discipline in many cases did not teach in that discipline; (3) the majority of faculty interviewed stressed that there was insufficient time (because of heavy teaching responsibilities) to pursue activities considered endemic to the profession; and (4) community college faculty were committed to students, to teaching, and to the community college mission. Findings suggest that increased time for professional development and increased collegiality are crucial to increased professional awareness and activity among language and literature faculty in Virginia's community colleges. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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