ERIC Number: ED355224
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
An Eleven Institution Study of Four-Year and Five-Year Teacher Education Program Graduates.
Baker, Thomas E.; Andrew, Michael D.
This paper reports and discusses some of the results of a comprehensive survey of approximately 3,000 1985-90 graduates of 11 teacher education programs in the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and Southwest. Forty-nine percent graduated from 4-year programs, 36 percent from integrated 5-year programs, and 14 percent from fifth-year (graduate only) programs. A primary objective of the study was to assess graduates' academic qualifications, perceptions of teacher preparation programs, career commitment, job satisfaction, current practice, leadership positions, and perceived performance relative to colleagues. A second important objective was to investigate possible differences between graduates of 4- and 5-year programs. Results suggest that these recent graduates are academically well prepared, are highly regarded by their principals, have a strong commitment to teaching, favor nontraditional teaching methods, and have a strong sense of efficacy. Graduates of 5-year programs are more likely to remain in teaching, to say they plan to be teaching in 5 years, and to say they would choose teaching again. Five-year graduates are also more likely to have served as a curriculum developer, and they report greater discouragement over lack of time to work with colleagues. Analysis by institution indicates that principals' ratings are highest for graduates of integrated 5-year programs. A list of participating institutions, a map of their distribution, and a copy of the survey instruments are appended. (Contains 19 references.) (LL)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Extended Teacher Education Programs, Graduate Study, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Job Satisfaction, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Evaluation, Self Efficacy, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Qualifications, Teaching (Occupation)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (73rd, Los Angeles, CA, February 13-17, 1993).