ERIC Number: ED237494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-16
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of AACTE Member Institutions Regarding Change in Teacher Education Practice to Improve the Quality of Graduates.
Adams, Ronald D.
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) appointed a Task Force on Shortage/Surplus/Quality Issues in Teacher Education, which conducted a survey to: (1) assess the perception of change occurring in teacher education programs to improve the quality of graduates; (2) investigate the perception of changes in state teacher certification and the influence on teacher education programs; and (3) investigate the perceived influence of selected groups on state teacher certification change. Data were summarized for the total group (N=239) and across selected demographic variables. Analysis of total group findings indicated that: (1) Basic skills testing at entry into teacher education is highly regarded for improving student quality, while affective and attitudinal measures are less important; (2) Teacher education course content is the most important area influencing graduate quality; (3) The most important program support area affecting graduate quality is faculty/staff development; (4) Recent changes in state certification standards are positively affecting teacher education programs; and (5) State departments of education are most influential in changing teacher certification standards. Also discussed in this report are comparisons made among institutions from states requiring competency assessment for teacher certification and institutions from states which do not require such testing. The survey instrument and 20 tables displaying data are included. (CJ)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Higher Education, Minimum Competency Testing, National Surveys, Preservice Teacher Education, Schools of Education, State Standards, Teacher Associations, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Improvement
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Educ
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (12th, Nashville, TN, November 16-18, 1983).