Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Examination of Reported Motivation and Time Allocation across Five Teaching Tasks amongst Online and Onsite University Level Social Science Faculty
by Cooper, Pete, Ph.D., Capella University, 2018, 149; 10842215
Abstract (Summary)

The objective of this examination was to determine if there were significant differences in reported levels of motivation across five teaching tasks, as well as time allocated to each teaching task, among online and onsite university-level social science faculty. One hundred thirty-six social science faculty members were allocated into two groups that reported teaching in either online or onsite settings. Each participant completed the WTMST measuring various types of motivation across various types of teaching tasks. A measure of estimated time spent on each of the five teaching tasks was also obtained. The two groups showed several similarities in amount of motivation across teaching tasks and types of motivation with greater motivation for teaching, class preparation and evaluation of students than administrative and complementary tasks and greater motivation for teaching than class preparation. Both groups showed greater identified regulation than intrinsic motivation and greater intrinsic motivation and identified and external regulation than introjected regulation and amotivation. However, the onsite group reported greater motivation for teaching and class preparation than evaluation of students that was not shown for the online group and the onsite group reporting greater external regulation than intrinsic motivation and greater introjected regulation than amotivation that was not shown for the online group. The onsite group reported more time teaching than evaluation of students while the opposite finding was shown for the online group. The onsite group reported more time on class preparation than the other tasks except teaching while the online group reported less time, or no difference in time, spent on class preparation compared to other tasks. Reported time estimates and motivation scores were shown to be positively correlated across teaching tasks. The patterns of motivation scores across teaching tasks and types of motivation are described relative to self-determination theory. Differences within groups in motivation scores, and reported allocation of time, across teaching tasks, and corresponding positive correlation between motivation scores and reported time estimates suggests a relationship between the distribution of required duties of faculty and their motivational experiences. The findings are discussed relative to potential future qualitative and quantitative research of college faculty motivation and time allocated to various tasks, and relative to benefits to college level faculty, administrators and faculty services, and to students, toward facilitating quality of the academic experience.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kladopoulos, Chris
Commitee: Smith, Al, de la Paz, Michelle
School: Capella University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 80/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational psychology, Social studies education, Counseling Psychology, Educational technology, Higher education
Keywords: Faculty, Motivation, Online onsite, Social science, Teaching, Time
Publication Number: 10842215
ISBN: 978-0-438-62109-1
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