This is a qualitative study that was conducted to gain a better understanding of the experiences of professors in Colleges of Education who were former K-12 teachers. The study presents the responses of eighty nine professors from across the United States. By coding the responses based on the university setting (National, Large Regional, Small Regional) in which the respondents worked the authors found that professors have different experiences in their transition from K-12. The authors found that the size of the university was a factor in how the new faculty felt welcomed and how they were treated by colleagues. Also, this study reports that the reasons teachers move into higher education is dependent on the size of the institution in which they work. Implications for future research are to survey K-12 teachers on their feelings about professors who were former classroom teachers and the authors would also like to implement the current survey at the international level.
Page, Steven and Jenks, Charles
"Crossing The Bridge: Transitioning from a Teacher to a Professor,"
Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education:
1, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.buffalostate.edu/jiae/vol5/iss1/3
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