ERIC Number: EJ1104304
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Profiles of Change in Motivation for Teaching in Higher Education at an American Research University
Gunersel, Adalet B.; Kaplan, Avi; Barnett, Pamela; Etienne, Mary; Ponnock, Annette R.
Teaching in Higher Education, v21 n6 p628-643 2016
The current study employed an emergent theoretical model of teaching role identity and motivation to investigate the change in conception of and motivation for teaching in higher education of research graduate students who teach in the United States. Fifteen participants took a graduate-level seminar as part of a two-course teaching professional development (PD) program. Qualitative content analysis of the participants' pre-seminar and post-seminar reflective essays focused on change in the theoretical model's components--participants' goals, self-perceptions, epistemological beliefs, and action possibilities--and their alignment. The findings suggested four kinds of change in each component, ranging from dramatic change to reversed change, as well as three general profiles of change labeled "Transformation," "Elaboration", and "Stagnation". The model proved useful in conceptualizing the change in participants' teaching-related conceptions and motivation and could provide a guide for future research on teaching motivation and for designing and evaluating teaching PD in higher education.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Research Universities, Teacher Education, Professional Development, Seminars, Qualitative Research, Content Analysis, Pretests Posttests, Essays, Reflection, Attitude Change, Teacher Motivation, Coding, Self Concept, Professional Identity, Models
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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