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ERIC Number: ED375144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Starting Teaching.
Williams, Don
To guide the development of teacher education programs at the University of Western Sydney Macarthur (Australia), a "Starting Teacher" questionnaire and the Graduate Career Council of Australia survey were administered to 48 early childhood and 168 primary teacher education students at their graduation ceremony in April 1993. These instruments focused on characteristics of the graduates, information about their workplaces, views about the relevance of their courses, and their feelings about themselves. Items in the questionnaire were based on key issues in the literature on induction and issues of particular concern in southwest Sydney. Respondents had been reasonably successful in finding employment in the region which employed large numbers of beginning teachers. According to the data analysis, formal induction programs were minimal; most felt confident and happy about making teaching a career; the vast majority believed that their preservice courses had prepared them well, but a significant number of primary graduates indicated that more emphasis could have been placed on what to teach (subject matter knowledge). In addition, reflective practice, a greater integration of knowledge, and an in-school semester are emphasized. (Author/LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia