ERIC Number: ED437392
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Teachers' Feelings of Preparedness. Indicator of the Month.
National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Teachers' self-assessments provide one indication of the extent to which preservice and on-the-job learning prepare teachers to meet the new demands of education. In 1998, 71 percent of public school teachers felt that they were very well prepared to maintain order and discipline in their classrooms. Fewer teachers felt that they were very well prepared to meet certain instructional requirements, including implementing new teaching methods, implementing state or district curriculum and performance standards, and using student performance assessment techniques. Teachers were least likely to report feeling very well prepared to integrate educational technology into their teaching methods or to address the needs of students with disabilities or of students with limited English proficiency or from diverse cultural backgrounds. Teachers who spent more than 8 hours in professional development in the content area of a specific activity in the previous 12 months were generally more likely than other teachers to feel very well prepared in that area. The exception was the area in which teachers felt most prepared: maintaining order and discipline in the classroom. (SM)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Disabilities, Discipline, Diversity (Student), Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Limited English Speaking, Public Schools, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Special Education, State Standards, Student Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Qualifications, Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.