ERIC Number: ED024632
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Aug
Reference Count: 0
California Teachers' Reactions to Certification and Pre-Service Courses. Supplementary Research Report Number 58.
California Teachers Association, Burlingame. Dept. of Research.
In 1966, the Research Department of the California Teachers Association sent a questionnaire to a stratified random sample of California teachers. Of 2,400 questionnaires distributed, there were 2,061 (85.9 percent) usable returns. The questionnaire asked about the professional status of the teacher and his professional judgments regarding teacher education and certification. In general, the teachers surveyed appeared to favor the status quo in certification (four years of preparation for beginning elementary teachers, five years for high school teachers, and continuation or direct applications to the state department of education for issuance of credentials); the one change favored was to credential junior college teachers on the basis of the master's degree only. Most teachers indicated that preservice courses contributed to professional development. Courses in subject matter related to teaching majors were strongly favored, while courses in subject matter related to teaching minors were less strongly favored. Methods courses received relatively favorable reactions. A low position was accorded to courses in educational philosophy. There appeared to be an almost complete separation of elementary and secondary teachers in their overall attitudes, while the responses of high school and junior college teachers were similar. (Appended are a description of the sample selection and tabulations of responses.) (Author/SG)
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Authoring Institution: California Teachers Association, Burlingame. Dept. of Research.