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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Sumrall, Jeffrey G.
Author's Email Address jsumra1@lsu.edu
URN etd-0416102-142714
Title Factors Which Influence Faculty Attitudes and Perceptions of Distance Education in Analytical Subject Areas
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Vocational Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Gerri Holmes Committee Chair
James Trott Committee Member
Joachim Singelmann Committee Member
Mike Burnett Committee Member
Yiping Lou Dean's Representative
  • distance education
Date of Defense 2002-03-15
Availability unrestricted
This study focuses on current faculty attitudes and perceptions of distance education. A thorough review of literature indicates that faculty members are critical elements of distance education delivery and that certain factors (tenure, departmental incentives, gender, age) influence faculty participation. The main hypothesis being investigated is whether or not the analytical nature of the course is in fact the prime indicator in faculty participation.

Faculty members from three randomly chosen SREB member institutions were surveyed. The purpose for choosing SREB member institutions for the population was for generalizing the findings to higher education institutions throughout the Southeastern United States.

The findings suggest that “lack of fit with university missions and goals,” “lack of incentives,” and concerns about course quality were the primary obstacles for faculty participation in distance education. The analytical nature of the course proved to be statistically significant for Course Related factors but not for Institutional Related factors, in decision whether or not to participate in distance education .

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