ERIC Number: ED418923
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Feb-26
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Learning from Follow Up Surveys of Graduates: The Austin Teacher Program and the Benchmark Project. A Discussion Paper.
Baker, Thomas E.
This paper describes Austin College's (Texas) participation in the Benchmark Project, a collaborative followup study of teacher education graduates and their principals, focusing on the second round of data collection. The Benchmark Project was a collaboration of 11 teacher preparation programs that gathered and analyzed data comparing graduates of 4- and 5-year programs and provided each program with data for program assessment. In 1996, Benchmark institutions surveyed their 1991-1995 graduates and principals of those who were teaching. Data from the Austin Teacher Program (ATP) indicated that recent ATP graduates continued to enter the profession at higher rates than all Benchmark respondents. They expressed greater satisfaction with their career decision. They rated the value of the early field experiences far higher than did their counterparts. ATP graduates rated their teacher education program significantly higher than did the sample. They considered portfolio experience considerably less useful, and they rated their effectiveness lower than did their counterparts. The average rating for ATP students by principals on teaching effectiveness was very high (and consistently higher than for their counterparts). Principals thought more highly of graduates' classroom management ability than the graduates themselves. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Austin College TX
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (New Orleans, LA, February 25-28, 1998).