Advertisement

Springer Nature is making SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 research free. View research | View latest news | Sign up for updates

An examination of similarities and differences among adults' perceptions of instructional excellence in off-campus credit course programming

Abstract

Similarities and differences among adults' perceptions of exemplary instruction in off-campus credit courses were explored using gender, age, student status, subject matter, profession, and career stage as bases for comparison. Descriptive and nonparametric statistics were employed to generate propositions for further study. Results suggest that commonalities and differences among adults' perceptions of instructional excellence can be understood within the context of the normative expectations that they have for instructor role performance. It is further suggested that these normative expectations are associated with the outcomes of students' socialization to the student role, as well as to profession-specific work roles.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.

References

  1. American Association of State Colleges and Universities and National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (1986).Public four-year colleges and universities: A Healthy Enrollment Environment. Washington, D.C.: Author.

  2. Anderson, G. L. (1974).Trends in education for the professions, AAHE-ERIC Research Report No. 7. Washington, D.C.: American Association for Higher Education.

  3. Apps, J. W. (1987). Teaching tips: Exemplary teaching principles-offer a variety of techniques, formats.Adult and Continuing Education Today, 17(17), 6.

  4. Campbell, J. F., Hentschel, D., Rossi, K. & Spiro, L. M. (1984, May). Examination of adult student participation: Is the conventional wisdom confirmed? Paper presented at the 24th Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research, Fort Worth, TX.

  5. Donaldson, J. F. (1988a). Exemplary instruction of adults: The case of an excellence in off-campus teaching award. Part I.The Journal of Continuing Higher Education.36(1), 10–14.

  6. Donaldson, J. F. (1988b). Exemplary instruction of adults: The case of an excellence in off-campus teaching award. Part II.The Journal of Continuing Higher Education.36(2), 11–18.

  7. Feldman, K. A. (1976). The superior teacher from the students' view.Research in Higher Education, 5(3), 243–288.

  8. Feldman, K. A. (1988). Effective college teaching from the students' and faculty's view: Matched or mismatched priorities.Research in Higher Education, 28(4), 291–344.

  9. Galerstein, C. & Chandler, J. M. (1982). Faculty attitudes towards adult students.Improving College and University Teaching, 30(3), 133–137.

  10. Goldsmid, C. A., Gruber, J. E. & Wilson, E. K. (1977). Perceived attributes of superior teachers (PAST): An inquiry into the giving of teacher awards.American Educational Research Journal, 14(4), 423–440.

  11. Gould, R. (1978).Transformations: Growth and change in adult life. New York: Simon and Schuster.

  12. Hall, D. T. (1976).Careers in organizations, The Goodyear Series in Management and Organizations. Santa Monica, CA: Goodyear Publishing.

  13. Holsti, O. R. (1969).Content analysis for the social sciences and humanities. Reading, MA: Addition-Wesley.

  14. Knowles, M. (1980).The modern practice of adult education. Chicago: Follett.

  15. Krippendorf, K. (1980).Content analysis: An introduction to its methodology. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.

  16. Linsky, A. S. & Straus, M. A. (1973). Student evaluations of teaching: A comparison of sociology with other disciplines.Teaching Sociology, 1(1), 103–118.

  17. National Center for Education Statistics. (1986).Projected decline in college enrollment not materializing. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education.

  18. National Center for Education Statistics. (1988).National estimates of higher education: School year 1988–89. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education.

  19. Parson, T. (1951).The social system. New York: Free Press.

  20. Reynolds, H. T. (1984).Analysis of nominal data, 2nd ed., Sage Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences No. 7. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.

Download references

Author information

Additional information

He obtained his Ph.D. in Continuing Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his B.S. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Dr. Donaldson's research and writing focus on the administration of continuing higher education, especially credit programs, and on continuing professional education.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Donaldson, J.F. An examination of similarities and differences among adults' perceptions of instructional excellence in off-campus credit course programming. Innov High Educ 16, 59–78 (1991). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00911559

Download citation

Keywords

  • Social Psychology
  • Subject Matter
  • Cross Cultural Psychology
  • Work Role
  • Nonparametric Statistic