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What's the difference under the gown? : new professors' development as university teachers

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dc.contributor.author Simmons, Nicola. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-05-28T16:39:19Z
dc.date.available 2009-05-28T16:39:19Z
dc.date.issued 2007-05-28T16:39:19Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10464/1432
dc.description.abstract This study explores how new university teachers develop a teaching identity. Despite the significance ofteaching, which usually comprises 40% of a Canadian academic's workload, few new professors have any formal preparation for that aspect of their role. Discipline-specific education for postsecondary professors is a well-defined path; graduates applying for faculty positions will have the terminal degree to attest to their knowledge and skill conducting research in the discipline. While teaching is usually given the same workload balance as research, it is not clear how professors create themselves as teaching professionals. Drawing on Kelly's (1955) personal construct theory and Kegan's (1982, 1994) model ofdevelopmental constructivism through differentiation and integration, this study used a phenomenographic framework~(Marton, 1986, 1994; Trigwell & Prosser, 1996) to investigate the question of how new faculty members construe their identity as university teachers. Further, my own role development as researcher was used as an additional lens through which to view the study results. The study focused particularly on the challenges and supports to teaching role development and outlines recommendations the participants made for supporting other newcomers. In addition, the variations and similarities in the results suggest a developmental model to conceptions ofteaching roles, one in which teaching, research, and service roles are viewed as more integrated over time. Developing a teacher identity was seen as a progression on a hierarchical model similar to Maslow's (1968) hierarchy of needs. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brock University en_US
dc.subject College teachers--Psychology. en_US
dc.subject College teachers--Training of. en_US
dc.subject College teachers--Identity. en_US
dc.title What's the difference under the gown? : new professors' development as university teachers en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name Ph.D. Educational Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Doctoral en_US
dc.contributor.department Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education en_US
dc.degree.discipline Faculty of Education en_US


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