ERIC Number: ED406902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Feedback Seeking and Receiving by College and University Faculty.
Bode, Rita K.; Menges, Robert J.
This study assessed the feedback-seeking behaviors of faculty in their third year of employment at five colleges and universities. A total of 121 faculty completed a mailed questionnaire on their feedback- and information-seeking behaviors, and a subset of 86 responded to interview questions about feedback. Statistical analyses of the survey and interview results indicated that faculty at 2-year institutions sought feedback more frequently; reported more credence, amount, and satisfaction with feedback from chairs and colleagues; and reported more job satisfaction and less academic stress than faculty at 4-year institutions. At 4-year institutions, male faculty reported more credence given to feedback from colleagues and students, more satisfaction with feedback from colleagues, and less stress than female faculty. Faculty with minimal teaching experience reported more feedback from students while those with extensive experience reported more feedback from colleagues and greater satisfaction with feedback from chairs. Faculty who sought feedback more frequently reported more stress but essentially the same perceived teaching success and job satisfaction as those that did not seek feedback at all. (Contains 10 references.) (MDM)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Community Colleges, Faculty Development, Faculty Evaluation, Feedback, Higher Education, Information Seeking, Job Satisfaction, Peer Evaluation, Sex Differences, Stress Management, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Student Relationship, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).