ERIC Number: ED424203
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Preparation and School-to-Work. A 25-State Survey of Higher Education. Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory Research Report.
Keller, Robert; Owens, Tom; Clifford, Matthew
The 1994 School-to-Work Opportunities Act (STWOA) offers states federal assistance to develop and implement statewide systems for ensuring that all K-12 students have a seamless transition from secondary education to high-quality employment and/or further education. This report describes findings from studies by the Mid-Continent Regional Educational Laboratory (McREL) and Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL), which examined how colleges of education in 25 states prepared preservice teachers for working in STW environments. Surveys asked about: educational strategies for providing teachers with skills and knowledge regarding STW; percentage of preservice teachers participating in work-related experiences; level of faculty involvement in activities to prepare teachers for STW systems; reasons for low faculty involvement; extent to which teacher education program administrators felt their graduates were prepared for activities involved in school-based learning, work-based learning, and connecting activities; and types of professional development opportunities offered by institutions to provide existing classroom teachers with STW skills and knowledge. Results indicated a limited awareness, understanding, and acceptance of STW concepts among higher education institutions. Administrators believed their graduates were well-prepared to provide school-based learning, less prepared to connect school and work, and not well-prepared to facilitate work-based learning opportunities for students. Most indicated no plans to further develop STW emphasis in their programs. Three appendixes offer the McREL cover letter, the NWREL cover, and a tabulated copy of the Teacher Preparation for School-to-Work Survey. (SM)
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Educational Strategies, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Readiness, Relevance (Education), Secondary Education, Student Teachers, Student Teaching, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Participation, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, 101 S.W. Main Street, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Education and Work Program.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: School to Work Opportunities Act 1994