Evaluating the effectiveness of senior lecturer training program
This study evaluated the effectiveness of the training programs designed for senior lecturers, in particular the fulltime senior lecturers recruited by the Ministry of Education. Starting from literature review and analysis, this study prepared questionnaires based on its research purpose and the findings obtained from literature review. Questionnaires were designed using the scales developed by researchers in Taiwan and in elsewhere of the world for the related projects. 4-Level Training Evaluation Model was adopted to identify the effectiveness, such as senior lecturers' satisfaction and comprehension of training programs, changes of senior lecturers' attitudes, as well as the improvement of effectiveness.
In 2013, 310 questionnaires were issued and 291 questionnaires were received from respondents with valid response rate 93.8%. In the following year, 116 questionnaires were issued and 107 questionnaires were received with a slightly lower valid response rate 92.2%. Altogether 426 questionnaires were issued and 398 questionnaires were received with overall valid response rate as high as 93.4%. This study examined the data acquired from the questionnaires, and identified the training effectiveness using descriptive statistics. Moreover, the variance between various items in connection with training effectiveness was analyzed using t-test and one-way ANOVA. Findings are summarized as follows:
1. As many as 70% of senior lecturers are female and the great majority of senior lecturers are either middle-aged or senior citizens. Apparently, senior lecturers’ age distribution is exactly in line with the call for reutilizing the middle-aged and senior manpower for the society's well-being as well as the call for using middle-aged and senior citizens to serve senior citizens.
2. Senior lecturers revealed a high level of satisfaction in terms of their participation in three levels of training programs, namely, introductory level, advanced level, and field practice.
3. Senior lecturers agreed that the training programs have helped them to improve their knowledge, skills, and attitudes towards senior citizen education significantly. Nevertheless, they felt that they have to improve their teaching skills and thereby cope with the needs of senior students, particularly their computer skills.
Key words: senior lecturers, comprehension of training programs, changes of attitudes, enhancement of training effectiveness.