ERIC Number: ED469060
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Information Technology Faculty in the Community College: Perspectives on Change at the Speed of Light.
Tabers, Katherine E.
This paper explores the experiences of information technology (IT) faculty members at community colleges in the Midwest. The primary tool utilized for data collection was an in-depth interview. Personal interviews were conducted with 18 full-time information technology faculty at seven public community colleges. Based on recurring themes, six common areas of concern emerged through the interviews: the "false dichotomy" between vocational and liberal arts education; technology; time and workload pressures; faculty shortages; teaching materials; and quality of students. This study details an additional area, that of department chair responsibilities, not previously rated in the literature as one of the top concerns. This study found that IT faculty did not perceive the machinery of technology as a source of stress, but rather the continual change inherent within the IT curriculum. In addition to the interviews, the researcher reviewed the institution's college catalog, faculty handbook, and bargaining unit contract. The author also developed a field research log, which was maintained as an ongoing register of research activities and as a depository for reflections, observations, and details. Research instruments appended. (Contains 140 references.) (NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Loyola University, Illinois.