ERIC Number: ED041847
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Telephone Follow-Up Interview: A Longitudinal Research Tool in Teacher Education.
Follow-up telephone interviews with 165 recent graduates of the University of Texas at Austin were used as the final stage of a research project on Personality, Teacher Education and Teaching Behavior (PTETB). A standard procedure was followed with all subjects, and permission to tape-record the interviews was granted in all but one instance. The interviews were constructed with open-end inquiries, beginning with broad questions and progressively narrowing to specifics; one interview schedule was designed for teachers and one for non-teachers. The analysis of the data obtained has not yet been completed, but results so far obtained indicate that 61 percent of the subjects had taught and planned to continue, 8 percent had left the profession, and 31 percent had indefinite plans, including a significantly higher proportion of secondary than elementary education majors. The goals of the PTETB project were to increase the number of promising candidates who continued teaching and to increase the number of unsuitable candidates who left. The interviews indicated that there seemed to be a general tendency for those rated higher as student teachers to be more committed to a teaching career; the tendency of the highest rated teachers to teach and the lowest rated teachers to quit was slightly increased after feedback given during the project on their student teaching performance, but this was not significant. (MBM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.
Note: Report Series No. 28