ERIC Number: ED433768
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Effect of Method on Assessing Readiness for Employment in the Field of Education. AIR 1999 Annual Forum Paper.
Belcheir, Marcia J.; Gray, Nancy L.
This study examined the use of employer satisfaction surveys in the field of teacher education at a state university. Specifically, the issues addressed were whether new graduates' ratings of their job performance could substitute for direct employer satisfaction ratings, and if ratings of individuals by their supervisors yielded similar results to ratings of new graduates in general. A total of 66 students who received undergraduate degrees or certifications in education during 1996-97 and were working as full-time contracted teachers in spring 1998 completed a survey of their perceptions of their preparation in 23 competency areas. Additionally, 304 principals, including 43 principals of the specific students who completed surveys, completed a survey regarding their perceptions of new education graduates in general. Results indicated that new teachers and their principals had very different perceptions of their preparation for teaching with significant differences between the groups on seven of eight preparation areas. Results suggest that, within the field of education, institutional researchers cannot rely upon graduates' opinions of their preparation for employment as a substitute for employer surveys. (Contains 8 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A