Date of Award

1-1960

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Master of Psychology

Abstract

This investigation had a two-fold purpose, viz.: (1) to evaluate the effectiveness of using the Professional Activity Inventory (PAI) to select Faculty Advisors at Prairie View A & M College, (2) to evaluate the influence of interest (the "I" factor) in advising activities upon advising duties.

The Professional Activity Inventory was used as a criterion for determining interest in advising activities. The variables used in the study were participants in in-service training meetings for Faculty Advisors, submission of advisors reports, and response to the Professional Activity Inventory.

The subjects in this research were eighty-nine faculty persons, male and female, who were employed at Prairie View A & M College during the 1958- 1959 academic year, plus ten Faculty persons, male and female, who were newly employed at the given institution during the 1959-1960 academic year. These ninety-nine persons represented all academic ranks, as well as all Schools in the College.

Three hypotheses were advanced, viz.:

1. That the Professional Activity Inventory is an effective instrument for identifying,, college teachers who are interested in engaging in faculty advising activities.

2. That the present eriteria for selecting Faculty Advisors at Prairie View A & M College are inadequate.

3. That Faculty Advisors at Prairie View A & M College have no significant interest in faculty advising activities.

Statistical treatment of the data included scoring the instrument by an a priori method, deriving standard deviations, and applying the Fisher t-test of mean difference. Mean differences were tested at the 5-percent and 1-percent levels of significance.

When tested, the hypotheses revealed certain significant findings from which the following qualified conclusions were drawn, viz.:

1. That some common criteria for selecting Faculty Advisors at Prairie View A & M College are needed.

2. That the Professional Activity Inventory cannot be used to select Faculty Advisors at Prairie View A & M College, if an a priori scoring method is used to score performance on the three preference groups of the instrument.

3. That the majority of persons who served as Faculty Advisors at Prairie View A & M College were not interested in faculty advising activities.

4. That further research is needed to evaluate the influence of interest upon advising duties.

Committee Chair/Advisor

W.L. Cash, Jr.

Committee Member

A. I . Thomas

Committee Member

T.P. Dooley

Committee Member

J.M. Drew

Committee Member

J.W. Echols

Publisher

Prairie View State Normal and Industrial College

Rights

© 2021 Prairie View A & M University

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Date of Digitization

12/22/2021

Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View

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