Effective Management of Part-Time Lecturers.Report as inadecuate

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The approaches to management of part-time lecturing staff in the United Kingdom's further education (FE) colleges were examined in a study that included the following research activities: review of relevant publications and Further Education Funding Council (FEFC) statistics; postal survey of 454 FE colleges in England and Wales that elicited 67 responses (response rate, 15%); visits to 8 colleges for in-depth interviews with managers and part-time teaching staff; a survey of all 508 part-time teaching staff in the 8 case study colleges; and visits to 2 agencies providing teaching staff to colleges. The study established that FE colleges cannot realistically expect part-time staff to fulfill the range of nonteaching duties typically expected of full-time staff. By the part-time staff members' own admission, their commitment to staff development, attendance at staff and team meetings, and extracurricular support for students were significantly lower than even college managers perceived. Six recommendations for improving management of part-time faculty were proposed. (Ten tables/figures and 17 references are included. Appended are the following: 28 figures summarizing the results of the part-timers and college surveys; 3 tables detailing lecturing staff mode and teacher training qualifications; overview of the FEFC cost-benefit analysis system for staff development activities; and model induction checklist.) (MN)

Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Case Studies, Check Lists, College Faculty, Cost Effectiveness, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Workload, Foreign Countries, Models, Noninstructional Responsibility, Part Time Faculty, Postsecondary Education, Staff Development, Staff Utilization, Teacher Attitudes, Technical Institutes, Vocational Education

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Author: Walker, Elizabeth; Betts, Derek; Dominey, Jan; Goulding, Jeanne

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9808&id=ED443955

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