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ERIC Number: ED276713
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Elementary School Certification Practices: Is It Time for a Change?
Mitchell, Charles; Maar, Joyce
A total of 100 teachers from a large metropolitan school district, a small city school system, and a rural school system in Tennessee responded to a survey about elementary school level career patterns. Survey questions focused on teacher background, attitudes and expectations about teaching, and future career plans in teaching. Results indicated that about 44 percent of teachers who had wished to teach in kindergarten through third grade started at a level that was at least two grades higher; teachers who wished to teach grades 4-6 often taught at the lower levels. It appeared that teachers were frequently asked or ordered to change to a different grade level, even when they did not feel qualified for the assignment. Although all teachers were certified to teach the kindergarten through eighth grades, 56 percent felt that they were best qualified for kindergarten through third grade, 13 percent felt that they were best qualified for fourth through sixth grade, and 23 percent felt that they were qualified for kindergarten through eighth grade. When asked to identify levels that their college program had not prepared them to teach, 13 percent named kindergarten, 10 percent named first through third grade, and 33 percent named fourth through sixth grades. About 25 percent of respondents indicated that they expected more career satisfaction in another field. (CB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee
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