A Needs Assessment of Professional Development Activities for Probationary Faculty at Seneca College.Report as inadecuate

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Thirty-one probationary faculty from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology (Ontario, Canada) participated in a research study that examined their individual and collective professional development needs. The study was conducted in the fall of 1991. Probationary faculty completed a survey instrument that was comprised of three parts. Part 1 looked at the demographic variables of probationary faculty in terms of their teaching experience, program study, educational background, and formal academic training. Part 2 asked probationary faculty to evaluate the fall orientation program at Seneca College. The faculty were also invited to make suggestions for improvement on future professional development programs for probationary faculty. Part 3 examined the professional development needs. of probationary faculty according to the prescribed Basic Teaching Competencies as they relate to faculty teaching needs. Findings from the study are reported using descriptive statistics, and four open-ended responses are appended. Appendices include the survey instrument and letter, statistical survey results, and recommendations to the faculty sub-committee on professional development. Contains 77 references. (GLR)

Descriptors: College Faculty, Educational Needs, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Minimum Competencies, Probationary Period, Teacher Background, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Orientation, Teaching Experience, Teaching Skills

Author: Jarvis, Kerry

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10809&id=ED345662

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