ERIC Number: ED358060
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
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Learning from America's Best Teachers: What Research Tells Us.
Shanoski, Lorraine A.; Hranitz, John R.
This study develops a portrait of 1991 Teachers of the Year from across the country. A questionnaire sent to 50 outstanding teachers was completed by 35 teachers who provided information on the following: (1) important teacher characteristics; (2) educational background and experience; (3) important teacher tasks; (4) evaluation of their teacher education programs; and (5) reactions to current educational issues and trends. Consistent with previous findings of Shanoski and Hranitz (1989, 1990), the data indicate that Teachers of the Year are high achievers who have pursued their education beyond the bachelor's degree. Important teacher characteristics include love of children, subject matter knowledge, excellent communication skills, flexibility, and a sense of humor. Important teacher tasks emphasize the role of teacher as counselor, skilled instructor, and diagnostician. Outstanding teachers support utilization of mentors, cooperative learning, more federal support for education, teacher empowerment, special educational programs for homeless children, multicultural education, whole language programs, preschools in the public schools, federal child care and maternity leave policies, fifth-year teacher training, and mainstreaming. Studies of outstanding teachers can be utilized as a source of data to help guide educational practice and as a resource for those who make educational decisions which impact on teacher education. (LL)
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, National Surveys, Research Utilization, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Background, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching (Occupation)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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