Professional/technologist, academic, and teacher characteristics of a technological faculty

Beverley Mae Alder
The purpose of this study was to determine the professional/technologist, academic, and teacher characteristics and activities of the faculty of a technological institute located in Canada. Three areas were investigated: (1) the actual characteristics and activities of the faculty groups (core, business, engineering, and health) as provided by the faculty; (2) the characteristics and activities perceived as desirable for faculty as indicated by the faculty groups and administrators; and (3) the
more » ... congruence between the "actual" and "desirable" characteristics within each faculty group. The data were obtained from self-administered questionnaires given to all of the full-time faculty and administrators involved in two and three year technological programs. Descriptive data in the form of percentages were obtained, and where possible, inferential statistics using one way analysis of variance were performed. Differences were noted in the actual characteristics of the faculty groups. In comparison to the other groups, core faculty had proportionately fewer members who had 11 years or more work experience and "basic" professional or technological certification. Fewer members of the core and health faculties had engaged in consulting or "part-time" work, and taken an inservice teaching preparation course than had the other two groups. Core and health faculties spent significantly less time in professional or technologist activities than did the other two faculties. Compared to the business and engineering faculties, health faculty spent significantly more time performing teaching and related activities. The faculty groups and administrators indicated-differences in the characteristics they considered to be "desirable" for faculty. Compared to the other faculty groups and the administrators, the health faculty showed the smallest percentage who thought that no education or teaching certification was needed for faculty. Health faculty had significant differences from the other groups as health faculty considered various in [...]
doi:10.14288/1.0055781 fatcat:edt5grpjhjab7nhjod6iqgr2li