ERIC Number: ED235172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
California's Problems in Operationalizing the Quest for Quality in Teacher Education.
Barnes, Carol P.; Tierney, Dennis S.
In an effort to address the problem of developing constructive suggestions for change in teacher education programs, a survey was taken of the member institutions of the California Council on the Education of Teachers, which offered a basic teaching credential. The survey found all institutions used multiple admission criteria; virtually none routinely accepted students whose grade point average (GPA) was less than 2.5; about two-thirds required a personal interview, letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (or passage of the College Level English Placement test), and some work experience with children. There appeared to be no substantive differences in admission criteria among the California State University, the University of California, and their independent colleges, unless the programs operated only at the post-baccalaureate level, when a higher GPA might be required to coincide with admission requirements to a particular graduate school. The use of multiple admission criteria in California institutions parallels the national pattern, with the GPA being the one universal criterion used for admission. In a discussion of this, studies are cited that cast doubt on the heavy reliance on the GPA. Suggestions are made for a more refined process of selecting teacher candidates. (JMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).