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ERIC Number: ED436388
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Survey of 1987-1998 Berry College Mathematics Education Graduates.
Moldavan, Carla; Walker, Hannah
This paper reports the findings of a research project that aims to get an indicator of why Berry College (Georgia) graduates remain in the teaching profession. A questionnaire was mailed to 39 alumni who had received degrees enabling them to be certified to teach secondary school mathematics. The letter mailed to the graduates cited three areas of interest: teacher attrition, teacher induction, and program evaluation. The first area of interest poses the question of whether Berry mathematics education graduates remain in the teaching profession longer than the averages indicated by other studies. A second arena in which the alumni were able to share information was in disclosing what they would feel to be useful advice to first-year teachers. Also, alumni input was an important part of the on-going process of developing college programs that are in touch with the reality of today's classrooms. Respondents mention some of the factors that cause teachers to leave or think of leaving the profession which include lack of administration support and financial considerations. They admonish other teachers to find a mentor and to ask questions. The alumni have very positive opinions of their mathematics education program at Berry. Appendices include the survey and survey responses. (ASK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A