ERIC Number: ED356212
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Feb-18
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A Foundation for Excellence in Teaching.
Shanoski, Lorraine A.; Hranitz, John R.
A study conducted in 1989 presented a profile of Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Award winners and nominees. The study described in this paper built on and expanded this research by developing a profile of outstanding teachers at the national level. Questionnaires were distributed to 138 Teachers of the year (1987-89). Forty-eight respondents from 35 states identified outstanding teacher characteristics, educational background and experience, important teacher tasks, and reactions to current educational issues and trends. In addition, these teachers evaluated their preparation programs. Results indicate that outstanding teachers have 16 to 20 years experience; achieve educational levels equal to or beyond the masters degree; combine coursework with classroom demands; give teacher education programs below average to good ratings; support utilization of mentors; and consider subject matter knowledge, love of children, and excellent communication skills as the most important teacher characteristics. They identify the five most important tasks for teachers as challenge and motivation of students, selection of appropriate learning activities, active listening to students, affirming and supporting students in their learning efforts, and checking for student comprehension and providing feedback. Findings imply that research on outstanding teachers can be utilized to build a foundation for excellence in teacher education and teaching. (LL)
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, National Surveys, Professional Development, Profiles, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Experience
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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