Presentation of a Model to Identify the Status quo of Faculty Members’ Development based on Informal Learning

Document Type : Original Article

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PhD in Educational Management, Department of Educational Management, Payam-e-Noor University (PNU), Iran

Abstract

The present study mainly aims to propose a model to identify current status of development of faculty members in Payam-e-Noor University (PNU) based on informal learning. The methodology of current research is of composite- exploratory type that was conducted using successive technique in both qualitative and quantitative parts. The qualitative data were collected and selected by execution of semi-structured interview with 30 academic teachers using non-randomized purposive method and data were analyzed in three steps by means of open coding, axial and selective and then the model was formulated. The qualitative results showed that development of faculty members included three main categories: core effect, causal conditions, contextual conditions, intervention conditions, strategies and consequences either of which also comprised of subcategories. To confirm paradigmatic model, a standardized questionnaire was administered with statistical population including 1200 respondents and sample size of 369 subjects using relational stratified sampling techniques by academic teachers in PNU University. Data were analyzed by means of statistical methods (descriptive and inferential: Exploratory factor analysis, Kolmogorov-Smirnov Test and single-sample T-Test) and this was done by the aid of SPSS (v.25) for statistical analysis. The rate of fitness of model under existing and good conditions was examined and findings indicated that the current and favorable conditions were significantly distant from each other. According to this study status quo of development of faculty members is at relatively favorable level and needs to improvement in Hormozgan province PNU University

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