ERIC Number: ED289856
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Feb
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Are Beginning Teachers "Bottom of the Barrel"? An Institutional Study of the Academic Quality of Teacher Certification Graduates, 1982-1986.
Barger, Josephine C.; And Others
All graduates of Eastern Illinois University from 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1986 (n=9687) were compared on high school predictor scores (American College Testing--ACTs--and class ranks) and university grade point averages (GPA)--cumulative GPA, junior and senior GPA, and junior and senior GPA adjusted by removing professional education courses. Teacher certification graduates were found to be significantly inferior to non-certification graduates on all ACT scores, but significantly superior on all university grade point averages. These findings are supported by citations of similar research which has broader longitudinal and latitudinal dimensions. The findings of "A Nation at Risk" regarding the inferiority of beginning teachers are therefore rejected. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Teacher Educators (68th, San Diego, CA, February 13-17, 1988). For related document, see ED 268 093.