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ERIC Number: ED361749
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb-15
Pages: 40
Abstractor: N/A
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Guess Who's Coming To Lecture?: Two Case Studies in Professor Credibility.
Hendrix, Katherine Grace
Qualitative case study is used to explore the conceptualization of "teacher credibility" and to examine the effect of race upon perceptions of credibility. Non-participant observation, semi-structured interviews, and open-ended questionnaires reflect methods used to collect data from two social science professors and their students. Both professor participants are male, of similar age, and possess comparable teaching experience at the collegiate level. However, they are of different races, one is Black, the other white. Data from four of their students represent the students' perspectives on professor credibility as a white and Black male enrolled in a social science course taught by a white male professor and a white and Black male enrolled in a related course taught by a Black male. Six phenomena of particular interest emerge during data analysis: (1) the existence of group and institutional credibility; (2) the temporal nature of credibility; (3) the presence of camaraderie and personal relationships among departmental faculty; (4) shared student and professor identity and the need for biculturalism on the part of Black professors; (5) the continued presence of "self" teacher concerns for the Black professor; and (6) the potential of researcher race influencing the study results. (Fifty-two references and a professor credibility survey instrument are attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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