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Factors that motivate or inhibit faculty participation in distance education: An exploratory study


2003 2003

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Abstract (summary)

The purpose of this study was to determine factors that influence faculty participation or nonparticipation in distance education at an urban public university in the southwestern United States.

The study surveyed 1400 faculty to identify factors that motivate or inhibit faculty participation in distance education. The researcher used principal component analysis (PCA) to determine which factors could influence participation or nonparticipation. PCA reduced 217 responses on the 53 survey items to 9 factors that accounted for 70% of the total PCA variance. Of the nine, five factors contained three or more items and six factors had Cronbach alphas of .78 or greater: Traditional staff service, monetary rewards, insufficient rewards, technical and administrative rewards, job advancement requirements, and relatively strong alphas for professional quality, and professional prestige. The first factor, with twelve intrinsic motivators and three extrinsic motivators, accounted for 19% of the variance; the second factor with all fourteen items extrinsic motivators, accounted for 15% of the variance; and the third factor, with seven extrinsic inhibitors and one intrinsic inhibitor, accounted for 12% of the variance. University faculty perceived the strongest forces that would influence their participation were intrinsic (19% of variance) and extrinsic motivators (35%), not inhibitors (15%).

Indexing (details)


Subject
Curricula;
Teaching;
Educational software
Classification
0727: Curricula
0727: Teaching
0710: Educational software
Identifier / keyword
Education, Distance education, Factor analysis, Faculty participation, Logistic regression, Principal component analysis
Title
Factors that motivate or inhibit faculty participation in distance education: An exploratory study
Author
Cook, Ruth Gannon
Number of pages
422
Publication year
2003
Degree date
2003
School code
0087
Source
DAI-A 64/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Warner, Allen R.
University/institution
University of Houston
University location
United States -- Texas
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3094001
ProQuest document ID
305329800
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305329800
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