ERIC Number: ED382568
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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Teacher Warranty Programs--Insurance or Assurance.
Duke, Charles R.
Teacher warranty programs are one way that teacher preparation programs can provide follow-up support to their graduates and assurance of the quality of their graduates to employers and the general public. A survey of 105 teacher preparation institutions revealed that only 8 have implemented warranty programs, but their experience suggests that this approach can be implemented with minimal expenditures and maximum benefits. Wording of the warranties varied from institution to institution but in general they guaranteed the quality of teacher education graduates and provided individualized programs of assistance to beginning teachers performing unsatisfactorily. Warranties differed in coverage (both undergraduates and graduates or just undergraduates), term of warranty coverage, warranty assistance features, and method of determining the need for assistance. Types of assistance included one-to-one counseling, on-site consultation, advisement on teaching materials, tuition-free coursework, suggested readings, and others. Requests for assistance numbered less than five at seven of the eight programs, and no requests were received by the other program. Guidelines for implementing a warranty program are provided, focusing on who should be involved in program development, faculty acceptance of the ramifications of warranty programs, possible reluctance of subject matter departments to adopt a warranty, and other criteria. (JDD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, College School Cooperation, Educational Quality, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Schools of Education, Secondary School Teachers, Surveys, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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