ERIC Number: ED233988
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Status of the Profession: Selected Characteristics of Teacher Education and Teaching.
Roth, Robert A.
An overview is presented of studies, reports, and articles dealing with the teaching profession, particularly in the area of teacher education. Most of the data reflect negative implications at various stages of the teacher development process, from selection of teacher candidates, through admission, selection during preparation programs, graduation, hiring, and retention. Attention is frequently focused on the generally low qualifications of students entering schools of education, the relatively easy admission criteria of many schools, and a decline in the academic ability of beginning teachers. Dissatisfaction with teaching and low salaries cited in the research reflect employment conditions in the teaching profession. It is noted that job opportunities have also been meager, although there appeared to be improvement, particularly at the elementary school level. General dissatisfaction with teaching and teacher education cited in the studies has led to a large number of major proposals for reform of teacher education and improved salaries. The most commonly cited reform issues in the literature are teacher certification examinations, internships, recruitment, salaries, admissions, extended programs, performance evaluation, and recertification. (JD)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, Beginning Teachers, Education Majors, Educational Trends, Employment Opportunities, Faculty Mobility, Higher Education, Professional Development, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Education, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Salaries, Teaching Conditions, Teaching (Occupation)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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