Gerald F. Blake

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Urban Studies


Urban Studies and Planning

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1 online resource (3, ix, 134 pages)


High school students -- Oregon -- Portland -- Attitudes, African American students -- Oregon -- Portland -- Attitudes, School integration -- Oregon -- Portland




This study examined factors related to the teaching effectiveness of adjunct faculty in higher education. Specifically, it explored the relationship between personality, as defined by the Five-Factor Model, occupation, and student ratings of teaching effectiveness. Results indicate that personality is correlated to an instructor's classroom behavior and education goals, which in turn are related to teaching effectiveness. In addition, instructors with occupations in social services and education had significantly higher mean teaching effectiveness scores than those from other occupations. Finally, there was an inverse relationship between age and teaching effectiveness in this study, and a positive relationship between teaching experience and teaching effectiveness. Although instructors may not be able to change their personality, they can modify their behavior and teaching practices to increase their effectiveness as educators.


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