ERIC Number: ED442518
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Instructional Faculty and Staff in Public 2-year Colleges. Statistical Analysis Report. 1993 National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF:93).
Palmer, James C.
Drawing on data from the 1993 National Study of Postsecondary Faculty, this analysis sought to differentiate instructional faculty and staff at public two-year colleges by age (under 35 vs. 55-64) and by years of experience in the current job (under 10 years vs. 20 or more years). The report examines differences by primary teaching field, comparing respondents in seven areas: business, law, and communications; health sciences; humanities; natural sciences and engineering; social sciences and education; vocational training; and all other areas. There were two major differences between younger and older instructional faculty and staff: (1) the two groups represent individuals who are at different stages of their careers and (2) their employment histories differed. Some of the differences between those who have held their current jobs for less than 10 years and those who have held their jobs for 20 or more years mirror the differences between younger and older colleagues. Comparisons by primary teaching field suggest the presence of disciplinary subcultures within the community college professorate. The discipline appears to have a clear relationship with instruction, especially in terms of literacy (as reflected in the assignment of term papers or the use of written examinations) and student involvement in classroom instruction (as reflected in the use of teacher lectures). (Contains 16 references.) (VWC)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Community Colleges, Educational Research, Intellectual Disciplines, Public Colleges, Tables (Data), Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Experience, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.