ERIC Number: ED103402
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
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Teacher Preparation--What Graduates Tell Us.
Baer, G. Thomas; Foster, Walter S.
Increasingly, those individuals and institutions working with teachers-to-be are assuming responsibility for the performance of their graduates. One measure of an undergraduate teacher education program is the perceptions of its graduates. In studies using G. Thomas Baer's questionnaire for program evaluation, several recurring themes or common grievances were voiced by graduates. Some of these include the following: (a) courses and experiences that provided opportunities for observing and working with children were valued most highly; (b) student teaching was rated as the course or experience of greatest value; (c) graduates felt completely unprepared for the teaching ecology, sex education, and drug education; (d) the need for more and better instruction in the teaching of reading, science, and social studies was pronounced; (e) graduates felt better prepared to identify and meet the needs of average students than gifted or slow students; (f) student teaching at more than one grade level would have been of greater value; and (g) graduates felt that only about one-third of their professional education instructors usually used a variety of teaching methods and procedures. (PB)
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