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ERIC Number: EJ980396
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1059-0145
Research University STEM Faculty Members' Motivation to Engage in Teaching Professional Development: Building the Choir through an Appeal to Extrinsic Motivation and Ego
Bouwma-Gearhart, Jana
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v21 n5 p558-570 Oct 2012
This paper reports on a qualitative, grounded-theory-based study that explored the motivations of science and engineering faculty to engage in teaching professional development at a major research university. Faculty members were motivated to engage in teaching professional development due to extrinsic motivations, mainly a weakened professional ego, and sought to bring their teaching identities in better concordance with their researcher identities. The results pose a challenge to a body of research that has concluded that faculty must be intrinsically motivated to participate in teaching professional development. Results confirmed a pre-espoused theory of motivation, self-determination theory; a discussion of research literature consideration during grounded theory research is offered. A framework for motivating more faculty members at research universities to engage in teaching professional development is provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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