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A qualitative study of community college faculty defined through the lens of sociological theories relating to professionalism and de -professionalism


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Scope and method of study. Qualitative Research of Community College Faculty.

Findings and conclusions. Historically, academic community college faculty are known for their commitment to teaching (Cohen & Brawer, 1996). However, there is a current need for vocational “on-the-job” knowledge at community colleges that necessitates those who do not come from a teaching background to be involved in instruction (Carnevale & Desrochers, 2001). This study was a qualitative, naturalistic inquiry at one institution to explore the myriad definitions of professionalism given the tensions between academic and vocational functions of community colleges. Sociological literature on professionalism in occupations provided a lens to examine full-time and adjunct academic and vocational community college faculty. Knowledge acquisition, service ethic, autonomy and commitment to calling were the characteristics examined. In this context, the professional profile of full-time academic and full-time vocational community college faculty had a number of commonalities. They can be defined in very similar terms. Most notably, a student-centered focus was shared by faculty and administration. The adjunct faculty were distinguishable from full-time faculty along several dimensions of professionalism, mainly concerning service ethic. This study corroborates current research that states, in comparison to full-time faculty, adjuncts are significantly less involved in campus life and have less autonomy in their work. The adjuncts' lack of engagement in institutional activities was largely a condition of being part-time.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Higher education;
Community colleges
Classification
0745: Higher education
0275: Community colleges
Identifier / keyword
Education; Community college; Faculty; Professionalism; Sociological
Title
A qualitative study of community college faculty defined through the lens of sociological theories relating to professionalism and de -professionalism
Author
McCune, LaDonna Haen
Number of pages
198
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0664
Source
DAI-A 66/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542216367, 0542216361
Advisor
Hyle, Adrienne
University/institution
Oklahoma State University
University location
United States -- Oklahoma
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3179563
ProQuest document ID
305366960
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305366960
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