ERIC Number: ED052156
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1960
Reference Count: 0
Professional Preparation and Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers.
Beery, John R.
This study, carried out in 1959-60 in the public schools of three counties in southeastern Florida, compares the teaching effectiveness of beginning teachers who are provisionally certified because of lack of all or some of the prescribed professional preparation in education courses with teachers who have met full certification requirements. Seventy-six provisionally certified teachers were paired with 76 fully certified teachers, matched as closely as possible on a number of background variables. Systematic and repeated classroom observations were used to estimate teaching effectiveness, with each teacher observed five times during the year. Each teacher was also rated twice by his principal. The original item ratings from the Classroom Observation Report were converted into standard scores, which, in turn were averaged to give five subscores which formed the basic data for analysis. The comparisons overwhelmingly favored the teachers who had completed the professional sequence of education courses, and the differences were statistically significant in all but one of the group comparisons made. In view of the conclusion that completion of education courses is reflected in more effective teaching, at least during the first year, the implication is that education courses have a legitimate place in the required program of teacher preparation. (MBM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Miami Univ., Coral Gables, FL.