Monday, September 9, 2013

Adjuncts better than tenured profs? Don't just read the headline.

A misleading headline
Sent to the Chronicle of Higher Education
"Adjuncts Are Better Teachers Than Tenured Professors, Study Finds," (Sept. 9) does not tell us until deep into the article that the difference was only "slightly more than one-tenth of a grade point" in a subsequent course in the same subject. Those taught by adjuncts were only 7.3% more likely to take a subsequent course in the subject.
Buried even deeper in the article is a report of another study showing that full-time instructors got better results than part-time instructors at a community college.
I hope readers did not just scan the headline.
Stephen Krashen
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