ERIC Number: ED266087
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Reference Count: 0
A Follow-up Study of Selected Graduates from the College of Education, University of Central Florida: A Preliminary Report (#85-1).
Joels, Rosie Webb
This study sought to determine graduates' perceptions of program effectiveness in ten undergraduate areas of study at the University of Central Florida. Alumni responded to an original questionnaire that assessed three primary program components: foundations for teaching, specialization, and student teaching experiences. Questionnaire items included topics related to skills, knowledge, and affective factors found in required course descriptions. Respondents rated foundations and specialization topics on two dimensions: knowledge or instructional competence gained and usefulness. Data were analyzed separately for elementary education specialization areas and for secondary or K-12 certification specialization areas. Graduates rated four facets of the student teaching experiences: university coordinator, supervising teacher, coordination between university and school, and required time appropriateness. Graduates perceived their professional preparation positively, although there was variability within and across program components and areas of study. Alumni perceived teaching foundations least positively and the student teaching experience most positively. All majors had specific areas perceived as extremely strong, and some majors viewed their overall professional preparation as outstanding. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Central Florida, Orlando. Coll. of Education.