ERIC Number: ED328747
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Induction Detractors of Beginning Vocational Teachers with and without Teacher Education.
Camp, William G.; Heath-Camp, Betty
A study examined the "induction detractors" (defined as more broadly based than "problems") experienced by beginning vocational education teachers entering from traditional teacher education programs and those entering without such training. A sample of 12 (7 male, 5 female) first-year vocational education teachers was selected from Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. Five of the teachers were certified through teacher education, four through alternative programs, and three through vocational certification. The average age of the teachers from teacher education backgrounds was 23, whereas the average age of the alternatively or vocationally certified teachers was 38. Data collected included biographical, situational, school and community, personality, and job satisfaction information. Data were collected through focus group sessions, field observations, and interviews with the teachers, principals, vocational directors, other teachers, and students. A total of 1,777 detractors were identified. For both groups of teachers the most important category of detractors is students, followed by the educational system. Alternatively certified teachers' detractors were higher than expected in the areas of curriculum, pedagogy, peers, students, and system, whereas detractors for those certified in teacher education were higher than expected for the community, internal, and program categories. The study recommended programs to meet the needs of beginning vocational education teachers. (28 references) (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Vocational Education Research Association (Orlando, FL, December 1989). For related documents, see ED 303 628, ED 312 501, and CE 056 943-944.