ERIC Number: ED243645
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Biology, Chemistry and Physics Teaching in Ohio: An Analysis of the 1982-1983 School Year.
Walter, Franklin B.; And Others
This study assessed the qualifications of biology, chemistry, and physics teachers, both from the perspective of their initial preparation and with regard to the type of certification they possessed. In particular, the Ohio Department of Education sought to determine what patterns of preparation must be followed at each of Ohio's teacher education institutions before a recommendation is made for biological science, chemistry, or physics certification and what relevant certificate type is held by each teacher who teaches these subjects. Data examined included program formats from all Ohio teacher education institutions, teacher assignments, and types of certificates held. Results indicate that: (1) all of Ohio's teacher education institutions certifying biology, chemistry, and physics teachers have established a level of preparation commensurate with Ohio minimum standard requirements; (2) the vast majority of these institutions require substantial course work beyond the minimums; (3) most Ohio teachers responsible for these subjects possess the appropriate valid certificates; (4) only 4 percent of biology and chemistry and 5 percent of physics teachers do not possess appropriate certification; (5) the most common out-of-field certification is general science; and (6) science teachers are receiving substantial exposure to essential science concepts in their teaching field during teacher education programs. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus. Div. of Teacher Education and Certification.