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ERIC Number: EJ1116689
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Preparedness to Teach: Experiences of the University of Ibadan Early Career Academics
Udegbe, I. Bola
Studies in Higher Education, v41 n10 p1786-1802 2016
This research examined the experiences of early career academics (ECAs) in terms of their preparedness to teach. Using a survey design involving 104 ECAs in a large Nigeria university, quantitative and qualitative data were obtained to address the research questions raised. Findings showed that (1) prior experience and training impacted on perceptions of competence, preparedness and job involvement; (2) there were significant relationships between perceived competence, preparedness to teach and job involvement; (3) teaching guidance, sources of influence and approaches adopted by the ECAs were largely based on external experiences from outside the institution; (4) many ECAs experienced challenges during their first time of teaching and (5) more females than males reported poor mentoring, heavy workload and little training as major obstacles in their career development. Also, the qualitative analysis yielded major themes on the challenges ECAs face with teaching. The implications of the findings were discussed and recommendations that foster skill development and career growth were highlighted.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Nigeria
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