ERIC Number: EJ727491
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 0
Are We Creating Separate and Unequal Tracks of Teachers? The Effects of State Policy, Local Conditions, and Teacher Characteristics on New Teacher Socialization
Achinstein, Betty; Ogawa, Rodney T.; Speiglman, Anna
American Educational Research Journal, v41 n3 p557-604 Fall 2004
This article explores the possibility that state educational policies, involving accountability and instructional reform, and local district and school conditions interact with teachers' personal and professional backgrounds to shape two tracks of new teachers that reinforce existing educational inequities. The present 2-year study incorporated mixed methods and a multilevel design that included state policy, local conditions, and teachers' beliefs and practices, highlighting two cases from a larger database. The authors report how differences in district capital shape responses to state policy, influence teacher recruitment, interact with teacher characteristics, and create learning opportunities for new teachers that suggest the creation of two classes of teachers for two classes of students. While previous researchers have identified student tracking as reproducing inequities, this article examines the largely unexplored terrain of new teacher tracking: the sorting and socialization of novices.
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Recruitment, Socialization, Academic Achievement, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Policy, Educational Change, Beginning Teachers, Inservice Teacher Education, Accountability
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers: State Policy