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ERIC Number: ED548849
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 134
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2677-2380-2
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Faculty Perceptions of the Need to Include Training in Pedagogy in Non-Teaching Degree Programs in Florida
Robinson, Terrell Emon
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Just as PK-12 teachers are taught how to teach, college and university professors should also receive instruction in how to teach. They should acquire pedagogical skills and understand methods for planning and content delivery prior to entering the classroom. The knowledge base of the discipline and a focus on research are emphasized in the graduate degree curricula. The number of students graduating with master's and doctoral degrees from the State University System of Florida (SUSF) has increased significantly over the past thirty years. There have been no studies conducted in Florida regarding educator preparation for postsecondary faculty members. The purpose of this research is to ascertain professors' levels of perceived need for graduate degree programs to include training in pedagogy designed to prepare graduates to teach in higher education settings. Beneficiaries of the study are the scholarly community, academic departments, and organizations that provide educational training outside of academic institutions. Two research questions guided the inquiry: (a) To what extent do college and university professors perceive a need for graduate degree programs to include training in pedagogy designed to prepare candidates to teach in higher education settings? (b) Is there a significant difference between Rosensitto's and Robinson's perceived need mean? Survey research was used to gather data. A total of 377 participants were obtained through a random sampling of full-time and part-time professors in the SUSF. These individuals completed and electronically submitted the National Faculty Survey on the Need to Prepare Graduate Students to Teach in College and University Settings. In regards to the first research question, the mean was higher than the midpoint which indicated that professors recognized a need for training graduate students to teach. For research question two, the total scores from survey items 17-33, 35, 37, 39, and 41 were added together to produce descriptive statistics. The t test for two independent means was conducted to compare the means from Rosensitto's study in 1999. After completing the t test, it was concluded that there was a significant difference between the perceived need mean from Rosensitto's study. This significance inferred that the difference in the sample occurred by pure chance, and that in the population from which the sample was drawn, no such relationship or differences existed. Moreover, calculating Cohen's delta suggested a small effect on the population. This indicated a need for a larger sample size. Ten recommendations for future research emerged: (a) Conduct a regional or national study focusing on differences in faculty perception between race and gender; (b) conduct regional or national study reevaluating postsecondary faculty development programs and its effectiveness; (c) conduct a regional or national study focusing on the graduate student perception of preparation for the role of professor; (d) conduct a regional or national study focusing on the differences in professorial preparation by academic discipline; (e) conduct a regional or national study focusing on university based faculty mentoring as an alternative to taking instructional courses; and (f) conduct regional or national study to analyze differences in cost of faculty development programs versus cost for courses that prepare graduate students for the college classroom; (g) replicate study using qualitative research technique; (h) conduct regional or national study focusing on mean differences of faculty between large and small postsecondary institutions; (i) conduct regional or national study focusing on mean differences of faculty between public and private postsecondary institutions; (j) conduct regional or national study focusing on mean differences of faculty employed with 2-year and 4-year postsecondary institutions. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida