ERIC Number: ED479766
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Factors That Favor and Inhibit Transition of Community College Transfers to Four-Year Teacher Education Programs.
Barbour, Judith A.; Cortez, Andrea T.; Barbour, Frederic L.
This study identified factors that impeded the smooth transition of transfer students into their final 2 years of teacher education, contrasting their experiences with that of native students. Researchers developed a moderator's guide and conducted six 90-minute focus groups at two state universities with native and community college transfer students. They mailed a survey to native and transfer juniors and seniors in Illinois state college preservice teacher education programs. Results indicated that overall, transfer students had a better college experience during their first 2 years, and native students had a better college experience during their last 2 years. A significant number of transfer students encountered difficulty with having taken proper prerequisites at the community college and with getting credits accepted by four-year colleges. Experiences after transfer indicated students were disappointed with class size, faculty availability, classroom condition, friendly atmosphere, costs, privacy and living arrangements, mobility, and obtaining employment and child care. Recommendations include encouraging students to make early decisions on major and four-year schools, providing more and better advising, providing students with information on changes in requirements, required tests, and activities, and developing child care options. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Board of Higher Education, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Teacher Educators (Santa Fe, NM, August 9-13, 2003).