ERIC Number: ED381497
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: 0
Growing Pains: The Making of America's Middle School Teachers.
Scales, Peter C.; McEwin, C. Kenneth
This monograph reports on a survey of middle level teacher preparation, based on the 1992 "Windows of Opportunity" study and on a modified Delphi process which identified a pool comprised of members of the Center for Early Adolescence and others. These educators were asked to rate the 33 recommendations from the "Windows of Opportunity" study for strengthening middle grades teacher preparation. The study focused on states that had "authentic" middle level teaching certificates and a relatively large number of middle level teacher preparation programs that were major specializations. A total of 2,139 middle school teachers in Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia responded to the survey. Slightly more than half of the teachers had some kind of special preparation for teaching young adolescents, but the majority received it in graduate programs. More than 40 percent of teachers did not have coursework on how to teach young adolescents, more than half did not have coursework on the curriculum and organization of the middle school, and nearly 60 percent did not have field work or student teaching in the middle grades. Teachers who had more of seven identified coursework and field experience components in their professional preparation rated the quality of their preparation more favorably than did teachers with fewer of these components. Ten recommendations for middle grades teacher education are offered. Appendixes contain the survey questionnaire and a list of advisory panel members. (Contains 44 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Improvement, Elementary School Teachers, Field Experience Programs, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Effectiveness, Secondary School Teachers, Specialization, Student Teaching, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teachers, Undergraduate Study
National Middle School Association, 4151 Executive Parkway, Suite 300, Westerville, OH 43081, phone: 800-528-6672.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Middle School Association, Columbus, OH.; Center for Early Adolescence, Carrboro, NC.
Identifiers: Georgia; Kentucky; Missouri; North Carolina; Virginia