Document Type

Dissertation

Publication Date

2009

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Faith Integration

Abstract

This applied research project took place at a faith-based university in the Midwest. The purpose of the study was to determine to what degree students and faculty who participated in face-to-face instruction, distance education, or hybrid modes of instruction perceived that the subject university's mission was integrated into course content and instruction and to determine whether the mission objectives were applied equally to the three types of courses, as required by the regional accrediting body. Survey instruments were used to quantify participants' perceptions.

Equivalency theory formed the basis for comparing the perceptions of three groups of students and faculty--those engaged in classroom, distance education, and hybrid courses--concerning whether mission objectives were found in each of the three types of courses. Using equivalency theory, the researcher categorized mission behaviors found in the survey data into three equivalency categories: classroom, social, and practical activities.

The primary focus of this study was measuring the degree of equivalency in social interaction as represented by mission perception. When applied to equivalency theory, these data indicated that the subject university achieved a high degree of equivalency, as represented by mission perception among its faculty and students in all courses regardless of delivery formats.

Comments

Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2009 for Nova Southeastern University.