ERIC Number: ED423223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Profile of Troops to Teachers.
Feistritzer, C. Emily; Hill, Michael D.; Willett, George G.
This report presents information on Troops to Teachers (TTT), a Washington state program designed to help former military personnel enter public education as teachers. Since the inception of the program in 1994, nearly 3,000 service members have made the transition. A 45-item survey was completed by 1,171 TTT participants in 1998 used to examine the TTT program. The survey looked at demographics, military experience, reasons for teaching, satisfaction with teaching, improving the educational system, student learning, professional development, professionalizing teaching, and planning for the future. Data were compared to data from non-TTT teachers studied through the National Center for Education Information. Results indicated that TTT has been successful in producing quality teachers in high demand areas (more men and minorities with experience beneficial to successful teaching in mathematics, science, and special education in inner cities and outlying rural areas). TTT favors higher standards for students and stricter graduation requirements. Half the TTT teachers entered teaching through alternative teacher preparation and certification programs. The main differences between TTT and non-TTT teachers were in their attitudes about how to make teaching more of a true profession. An appendix presents the survey methodology. (SM)
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Career Choice, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Job Satisfaction, Males, Military Personnel, Minority Group Teachers, Nontraditional Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics
Troops to Teachers, Old Capitol Building, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-4720.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Information, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Washington