ERIC Number: ED447072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Preparation of Teachers for Kentucky Schools: A Survey of New Teachers. Summary Report.
Wilkerson (Tom) and Associates, Ltd., Louisville, KY.
This telephone survey of Kentucky beginning teachers examined overall preparation; preparation for Kentucky's new teacher standards; preparation of teachers for Kentucky's instructional initiatives; influence of teacher preparation institutions on attitudes toward school reform; agreement with beliefs underlying Kentucky's Education Reform Act (KERA); helpfulness of the Kentucky Teacher Internship Programs; and making a difference in students' lives. About 6 in 10 respondents were extremely or very well-prepared to teach in Kentucky schools. Those prepared in Kentucky institutions felt better prepared for Kentucky's schools than those prepared elsewhere. There was wide variation in preparedness for new teacher standards and preparedness for the seven attributes of Kentucky's primary program. Less than half of new 5th-12th grade teachers felt extremely well-prepared to implement or participate in key instructional practices initiated by KERA. All respondents felt much less prepared to implement or participate in eight specific programs and practices initiated by Kentucky's school reform law than to implement traditional teaching skills of planning, implementing, and assessing instruction. Three-quarters of new teachers believed their preparation program positively influenced them concerning KERA. Respondents rated the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program highly. Most felt certain they were making a difference in students' lives. The study questionnaire is appended. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, State Standards, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Skills
Kentucky Institute for Education Research, 146 Consumer Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601; Tel: 502-227-9014; Fax: 502-227-8976.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Lexington, KY.; Kentucky Inst. for Education Research, Frankfort.; Kentucky State Council on Higher Education, Frankfort.; Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Wilkerson (Tom) and Associates, Ltd., Louisville, KY.