ERIC Number: ED390830
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Change in Teachers' Perception over Time.
Kochmann, Beverly J.
This paper reports results of a study of former students' perception of the strengths and weaknesses of their teacher preparation program and the consistency of these perceptions over time. Data, gathered from 594 former students who were recommended for state teacher certification, were of two types. The first was demographic data, including age at time of certification, college enrollment patterns, undergraduate majors and minors, teaching status, level of teaching, number of years taught, and facts about the schools. The second data type was the teachers' perceptions of the strengths and weaknesses of the teacher preparation they received. The goal was to determine if there was a difference in the perceptions of teachers based on the number of years they had been teaching. Data analysis revealed that teachers had positive feelings about their teaching position with 43 percent of the teachers surveyed reporting that their present feelings about teaching were very positive. Almost all, 98.5 percent of respondents, indicated that they planned to continue teaching; almost 80 percent of the teachers who were not currently teaching planned to return to teaching. First and sixth year teachers were most positive about their teacher preparation. Fifth year teachers were the least positive; a possible explanation is that fifth year teachers may begin to question their profession. (Contains 18 references.) (ND)
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduate Surveys, Job Satisfaction, Participant Satisfaction, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Evaluation, Self Concept, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teaching (Occupation)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Teacher Satisfaction
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).