ERIC Number: ED346054
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
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A Study of Current Practice on the Pre-Service Preparation of Secondary School Teachers.
Rieck, William A.
This study was conducted to answer three major questions relative to undergraduate preservice secondary education programs: (1) What courses in pedagogy are required of all secondary education majors and how many credits are awarded in each area? (2) What are the current practices relative to student teaching credit and evaluation? and (3) How effective a job is being done in preparing teachers for the public schools with the current curriculum content of methods courses in secondary education? A two-part survey instrument was developed and administered to the entire population of colleges and universities whose secondary education program was accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The number of institutions was 541; the response rate was 57.3 percent. Results are discussed in terms of course requirements (subject specific and generic methods courses, reading in content field, special education, tests and measurements, and discipline); student teaching; topic coverage, including lesson planning, curriculum, teaching techniques, at-risk students, student assessment, and ancillary skills and knowledge necessary for teaching. Recommendations for teacher education and alternative certification programs are made. (LL)
Descriptors: College Credits, Course Content, Education Majors, Higher Education, Methods Courses, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Required Courses, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Student Teaching, Surveys, Teacher Education Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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