ERIC Number: ED417180
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
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Graduate Student Follow-up Study, 1996. As Compiled by the Teacher Education Assessment Committee (TEAC).
Williams, Wayne W.; Zelazek, John R.
This report represents the first Graduate Student Follow-up Study by the Teacher Education Assessment Committee (TEAC) at Central Missouri State University (Missouri). TEAC is a centralized system of data collection and assessment that conducts and publishes results of periodic assessments and evaluations of Central's teacher education programs by soliciting input from education faculty, preservice teachers, program graduates, and principals of educators prepared at Central. Of the 684 graduate students who completed an MSE or Ed.S during the 1991-1995 school years, 275 completed the survey. Results indicated that most respondents were full-time, public school educators working in regular education classrooms. They believed their graduate courses made them more competent teachers and helped them become better researchers. They also felt that their instruction encouraged development of reflection, critical thinking and problem solving, and that graduate courses reflected knowledge derived from research and professional practice. The graduate students spoke positively about Central's flexible class scheduling, excellent faculty who taught well, and strong, caring advisors. They pointed out four areas of weakness: faculty not current with classroom experiences, too much theory, repetition of content from class to class, and lack of technology use in graduate courses. They suggested that more classes be offered off campus at various sites across the area. The survey instrument is appended. (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Central Missouri State Univ., Warrensburg.