Enhancing the teaching quality of part-time faculty in a Jamaican adult education institution: (with a focus on continuing professional development)

Dawkins, Yvonne (2011) Enhancing the teaching quality of part-time faculty in a Jamaican adult education institution: (with a focus on continuing professional development). PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

Typically, adult educators in Jamaica are part-time employees who are either trained in pedagogy or are employed because of their advanced training or skills in a particular discipline. As adult education in Jamaica and the Caribbean undergoes change, policy focus has concentrated on identifying the discipline with lifelong learning rather than adult literacy. Although the importance of the role of adult educators to the change process is acknowledged, the changes in adult education are not yet focussed on the role of the adult educator and equipping the adult educator to function in this dynamic environment.

This study of an adult education institution in Jamaica aims to explore the perceptions of stakeholders, teachers, students and administrators, on how adult education is viewed, the role of part-time faculty in adult education, the quality of teaching they offer and measures to enhance teaching quality in this institution and others like it. I argue that the equipping of adult educators is important for successful adult education, part-time faculty who make up the significant majority of the cohort of adult educators deserve special attention and that Continuing Professional Development is a useful tool that serves the interest of equipping both individual teachers and institutions.

Data was collected and analysed by means of a qualitative methodology utilising interviews, focus groups and qualitative questionnaires in two centres of the case institution. The study finds that teachers are crucial to successful adult education. Because of the ambivalence of adult learners and their needs for emotional as well as cognitive support, the onus is on teachers to provide learning environments in which adult learners can make best use of a learning opportunity. Many teachers, however, do not have specialist training for this task. Part-time faculty in the study want professional development although they do not think traditional methods of professional development suit their circumstances. They do have clear ideas of the kind of CPD support that they think will meet their needs.

The study suggests guidelines for developing a model of CPD that is suitable for part-time faculty in adult education.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Supervisors:McGrath, S.
Speight, S.J.
Uncontrolled Keywords:Adult education, Caribbean, Continuing Professional Development Jamaica, Part-time Faculty, Quality Teaching
Faculties/Schools:UK Campuses > Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > School of Education
ID Code:2080
Deposited By:Mrs Yvonne Dawkins
Deposited On:10 Nov 2011 13:57
Last Modified:10 Nov 2011 13:57

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