ERIC Number: ED335349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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An Analysis of the Perceptions of Teacher Education Graduates on Their Preparation for Service: A Five Year Review.
Murray, David R.
The purpose of this study was to analyze the perceptions of teacher education graduates from the Department of Education and Psychology at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. A survey was sent to 148 randomly selected individuals from the graduating classes of 1985 through 1990. The former students were asked to assess their level of preparation for completing the Teacher Performance Assessment Instrument (TPAI). The state of Georgia required all teachers entering the profession during this period to successfully complete this instrument in order to obtain regular teacher certification. Approximately 92 percent of the graduates responding to the survey passed the TPAI on the first or second try. The greater majority of graduates indicated that early immersion into an actual school environment through practicums was the major strength of the program. The weakness most often cited was the lack of instruction in discipline and classroom management skills. Former students also suggested that they needed more training in the areas of testing and measurement. The appendixes include lists of reported program strengths and weaknesses, suggestions for the program, the Berry College Department of Education and Psychology teacher education follow-up survey, and a graphical comparison of questions by weighted score. (Author/LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers: Berry College GA; Knowledge Base for Teaching; Teacher Performance Assessment Instruments