ERIC Number: ED435271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Assessing Faculty Beliefs about Rewards and Incentives in Distance Education: Pilot Study Results.
Wolcott, Linda L.
This study examines the relationship between distance education and institutional reward structures. The study sought to develop a scale to assess beliefs of college faculty about rewards and incentives in distance education, based on the hypothesis that faculty perceptions cluster around three factors: locus of motivation, institutional values and commitment, and return on investment. The measure, which was pilot tested with 33 faculty members, consists of 38 items and uses Likert response ranking. Results corroborate previous findings that faculty are highly motivated to participate in distance education by intrinsic rewards, although respondents also felt that faculty participated in distance education to earn more money. Results suggest that the department chairperson plays a pivotal role in faculty rewards for distance education, but that distance education provides a questionable return on investment, especially with respect to tenure and promotion. Seven data tables summarize results of the scale items. (Contains 14 references.) (DB)
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 (Montreal, Quebec, Canada April 19-23, 1999).