ERIC Number: ED270394
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Effectiveness of a Narrow Field Academic Major in Preparing Students for a Broader Context Teaching Assignment. Research Report No. 86-3.
Olstad, Roger G.; And Others
Certification standards recommended for secondary teaching majors in science and social studies suggest teachers need to specialize in one major area, but study broadly across the discipline. The narrowly defined academic majors of many colleges and universities were considered potential liabilities in achieving a comprehensive science or social studies teaching degree. For a 1-year period, final quarter secondary science and social studies students were given the National Teachers Examination (NTE) Specialty Tests for their respective fields as a measure to assess academic preparation of students with narrow focused majors. In addition, analysis of students' courses of study provided information about students' efforts to broaden their education. Our findings established that those enrolled in the Teacher Certification Program, with rigorous entrance requirements and limited enrollment, are a cohort of predominantly postbaccalaureate students with extensive preparation in their fields. The students' NTE scores ranked in the 80-90th percentile nationally, suggesting they were well prepared academically to teach the broader context assignments in the secondary schools. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Teacher Education Research Center.