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Cambridge, R. W.||Eckert, Sidney W.

Degree Name

M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Business Education


Business teachers--Illinois


The purpose of the study was to determine certain characteristics of business teachers in Illinois community (junior) colleges and Illinois four-year colleges and universities, with emphasis on their occupational backgrounds. The procedure used in the study involved the following sequence of activities. 1„ A statistical formula was used to determine an acceptable sample from the 1,572 teachers of business subjects whose names were furnished by the chairmen of the business departments of the schools. It was determined that a sample of either forty-eight or forty-nine teachers was necessary to represent the population. In order to insure additional confidence in the findings, the sample size was doubled and ninety-seven business teachers were then selected by means of a table of random numbers. 2. Questionnaires were sent to the ninety-seven teachers in the sample. Ultimately sixty-eight, or 70.1 per cent, of those teachers completed and returned questionnaires. The following findings evolved from the analysis of the sixty- eight completed questionnaires: 1. Of the sixty-eight completed questionnaires, twenty-six, or 38.3 per cent, represented junior college teachers and forty- two, or 61.7 per cent, represented four-year college and university teachers. In the population of 1,572 business teachers, 38.1 per cent represented junior college teachers and 61.9 per cent represented four-year colleges and universities. 2. Of the sixty-eight teachers, fifty-three, or 77.9 per cent, had some business experience. Twenty-one, or 80.7 per cent of the junior college teachers and thirty-two, or 76.2 per cent, of the teachers at four-year colleges and universities had business experience. 3. Among part-time teachers, 86.6 per cent had business experience while 75.5 per cent of full-time teachers, had such experience. 4. Seventy per cent of all business teachers expressed the opinion that business experience was of great value in teaching thirty-one listed business subjects. Seventy-three per cent of junior college teachers and 68.0 per cent of the teachers in four-year colleges and universities were of the opinion that business experience was of great value in teaching business subjects. 5. Approximately ninety per cent of all teachers were of the opinion that business experience was of benefit to them in (1) doing a more effective job of teaching, (2) becoming more acquainted with business practices and techniques, and (3) presenting to the students more facts about business. 6. Only 4.4 per cent of all reporting teachers stated that their school required business experience to teach business subjects. Teachers were divided almost evenly in answering whether or not their schools recommended business experience for teaching business subjects. 7. Slightly more than one-half of all responding teachers indicated that business experience should be required to teach business subjects in junior colleges while slightly less than one-half said that business experience should be required to teach in four-year colleges and universities. 8. Of the sixty-eight teachers, thirty-two, or 47.0 per cent, held doctorate degrees while twenty-eight, or 41.1 per cent, held master's degrees. Five had bachelor's degrees. 9. There is a definite relationship between the amount of business experience possessed by business teachers and their opinions of its value as an aid to teaching. 10. The predominant characteristics of the business teachers in the sample are as follows: most are married, are male, hold the doctorate, teach full-time at a four-year college or university, have had three years of management business experience prior to teaching, have taught accounting about four and one-half years and feel positively about the benefits and value of business experience as an aid to teaching.


Includes bibliographical references.


vii, 108 pages




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