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ERIC Number: ED454924
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 207
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A Case Study of the Transfer Process of a Selected Group of Students from a Community College to a Four-Year Teacher Education Program.
McDonough, Maureen Lucy
This dissertation examined the transfer experiences of students who exited the Community College of Baltimore County (Maryland) and transferred to Towson University during 1999. The research questions addressed the issues of the role of the community college in teacher preparation and how the institutions help or hinder the transfer of prospective teacher education majors who begin their pre-service training at the community college. The researcher interviewed 14 transfer students and six higher education professionals from both the two- and four-year institutions. The study traced the history of the community college movement nationwide and in the state of Maryland, and cited efforts to improve transfer conditions for community college students who express an interest in majoring in teacher education at the baccalaureate level. The findings revealed five dominant themes: transfer tension; the ambiguous role of the community college in teacher preparation; the role of the students in the management of his/her transfer; the erection and maintenance of institutional barriers; and feelings of alienation, especially for non-traditional students. Recommendations included encouraging the college teacher education professionals to conduct substantive dialog about their respective philosophies of preparing teachers, and clarification of the role of the community college in teacher education. Appendices include surveys, consent forms, and interview protocols. (Contains 145 references.) (JA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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