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Title:Exploring Nurturing "Connecting Chemistries" of Two Exemplary Community College Instructors With Freshmen Considered Nontraditional/underprepared
Author(s):Thomas, Helen Sue
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Bragg, Debra
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Curriculum and Instruction
Abstract:This qualitative study explored the existence and nature of a "connecting chemistry" among exemplary community college instructors and freshman students considered nontraditional and underprepared. Two recognized exemplary instructors and seven nontraditional and underprepared students participated in this in-depth interview study. It revealed that teacher beliefs and values affect the development of instructor core teaching motivation and that this motivation becomes paradigmatic to their professional behaviors. Furthermore, even though the instructor's beliefs and values already existed in childhood, there were at least two to four life episodes that enlarged or expanded them. Regardless of core motivation, both instructors participating in this study have remarkable intrinsic abilities that nurture underprepared and nontraditional students, and they use these abilities to build learner self-esteem and confidence. The association among each teacher's background, character, and inner inspiration or core motivation for either the subject matter as liberating or the deeper mental and emotional needs of students is critical to their being exemplary instructors.
Issue Date:1998
Description:270 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9912398
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1998

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