ERIC Number: ED374697
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-8
Faculty Perceptions of a Teaching Norm at Five Institutions.
Quinn, Jennifer Woods
This study sought to identify a norm for teaching development at five different higher education institutions. Identifying institutional norms is important because much of individual behavior in an institution is governed by such norms. Faculty (N=145) at five institutions (a community college district, two liberal arts colleges, a comprehensive university, and a research university) completed a survey about the teaching expectations they perceive from their respective institutions. A perceived norm for teaching development existed at only one of the liberal arts colleges. Examination of the policies at the five institutions revealed that the one institution that exhibited a teaching development norm was also the institution with the strongest policies supportive of the teaching role. Analysis and scoring of institutions on their policies found that only the liberal arts colleges had hiring policies that required a teaching demonstration during the interview process; that two institutions weighed teaching heavily in the tenure granting process; and that all but the urban liberal arts institutions had teaching development activities in place. Results suggest that teaching norms are closely associated with institutional type, but institutional type does not completely explain the differences in teaching norms. (Contains 30 references.) (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).