ERIC Number: ED327488
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb-15
Reference Count: N/A
School Districts as Teacher Training Institutions in the New Jersey Alternate Route Program.
Smith, Joe Michael
In the New Jersey Alternate Route Program, the professional education of provisional teachers is provided by the local school district and the state department of education. A 20-day, on-the-job training period conducted by the school district qualifies the provisional teacher to take complete charge of the classroom. This study examined the amount and type of supervision provided for the provisional teachers, the type and amount of training given, the source of the training, and the level of compliance with the mandate from the state. Data were collected through a survey of provisional teachers (N=94) consisting of a set of directions and a 10-category log to be kept daily. The surveys asked the participants to keep records on the amount of time they taught each day; the amount of time they observed others teach; whether these observations were structured or unstructured; the conduct of a preobservation conference; and a critique. The number of meetings and amount of time spent with their school-based support team were also logged. Survey results indicated that the provisional teachers have not been receiving the training required by the state department of education. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Jersey Alternate Route Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Clearwater, FL, February 15, 1990).