ERIC Number: ED257822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of Transcripts of Teachers and Arts and Sciences Graduates.
Galambos, Eva C.; And Others
This study analyzed the curriculum to which prospective teachers were exposed during their baccalaureate program in comparison with arts and sciences graduates. Transcripts of college graduates from 17 universities in the south were examined; 2,760 were classified as arts and sciences majors not certified to teach, and 3,283 were classified as education majors or arts and sciences majors certified to teach. Following a description of the methods used in the study, background information about the graduates is provided as well as descriptions of their academic majors. Education courses completed by the graduates are described and the qualitative aspects of the curriculum are discussed. Findings indicated that, in general, the core curriculum for both elementary and secondary teachers, as well as arts and sciences majors, is not rigorous enough to challenge the students, and many optional courses lacked substance. In particular, there was a dearth in quality and quantity of coursework in mathematics and foreign languages. It is concluded that there is a need to improve the general education component of the baccalaureate for all students, teachers and arts and sciences majors alike. Numerous tables are provided as well as Appendices A-N, which include lists and tables for specific findings and transcript analysis and coding forms. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.