ERIC Number: ED365375
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
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Transition: On Becoming a Community College Teacher.
In an effort to inform teacher development efforts, a study was conducted to identify and describe the factors involved in making the transition from "other" professional occupations to employment as community college teachers and transforming professional skills into effective teaching practices. The study focused on one female and two male full-time community college teachers without credentials but with a minimum of 3 years teaching experience. In-depth interviews were conducted in which participants were asked to narrate the circumstances surrounding their transition, and the subjects were later permitted to review the transcripts for accuracy and completeness. Results of the study included the following: (1) participants exhibited partial correspondence to existing research on career changers, citing the desire for personal growth/development and life crises within the previous two years as factors in the change; (2) two of the subjects indicated that they would definitely repeat the same career change, while the third expressed uncertainty; (3) both proactive and reactive strategies were employed to manage the strain associated with such career changes; and (4) the individuals relied on zones of stability provided by accurate anticipation of difficult situations and other professional competencies around which change could take place. Interview questions and transcripts are included. (MAB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Masters project, Brock University, Ontario, Canada.