ERIC Number: ED102141
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The First-Year Teacher Pilot Program; An Interim Report.
Alabama State Dept. of Education, Montgomery.; Alabama Univ., Birmingham.
The major objective of this program was to maximize probability of success of beginning teachers in Alabama and, thereby, to improve the teaching-learning process for students. In this program, cooperating teachers worked with beginning teachers on a one-to-one basis in the schools. Evaluation of the program's effectiveness was a continuous process. Evaluation of process was conducted by means of cyclical interviews; product evaluation consisted of teacher attitude and achievement, measured by observation, tests, and/or questionnaires. Tentative conclusions derived from this study will form the basis for program revision. A significantly more direct relationship was found to exist between student attitude and teacher competency, and between student attitude and teacher attitude in the experimental group (those beginning teachers working with cooperating teachers) than in the control group. Principals in systems using cooperating teachers rated their first-year teachers significantly higher than did those in systems not using cooperating teachers. Control teachers (those without cooperating teachers) tended to be more authoritarian and to view education as a rigid coverage of subject matter. These tentative conclusions will be examined more thoroughly in the following school year. (Appendixes include descriptions of instruments and sample items, analysis of variance and covariance, and correlations.) (PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alabama State Dept. of Education, Montgomery.; Alabama Univ., Birmingham.