ERIC Number: ED327517
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
The Effect of Employment Location on Perceptions of Teaching Competencies among First Year Teachers.
Frame, Stanley M.
Thoughtful follow-up studies of teacher education program graduates can be used effectively. In the study reported here, survey data were collected from recent graduates (N=151) of a small, independent, church-related liberal arts college. The students were participating in their first year of teaching in one of four geographic regions (Idaho, California, Oregon, and Washington). The questionnaire asked for perceptions of teacher competencies: in communication skills; ability to understand diverse students; abilities in lesson planning, preparation, presentation, and evaluation; classroom management; and other skills and abilities expected of beginning teachers. The independent variable was the geographic location of the respondent. Findings indicated that the teachers were generally quite positive about their training. Competencies in planning were rated highest, followed by communication/empathy, instructional effectiveness, and behavior/records management. ANOVA calculations indicated that the region of employment had a statistically significant effect on perceptions of competencies in behavior/records management and communications/empathy. Next steps in the study and recommendations for other institutions are presented. (JD)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Followup Studies, Geographic Location, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Planning, Program Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Employment, Teaching Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A