ERIC Number: ED458407
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Characteristics of Teacher Educators in Career and Technical Education.
Bruening, Thomas H.; Scanlon, Dennis C.; Hodes, Carol; Dhital, Purandhar; Shao, Xiaorong; Liu, Shih-Tsen
A study was conducted to describe the characteristics of teacher educators in career and technical education (CTE) programs, including the following: demographics; professional development activities; and methods, models, and approaches currently used within teacher preparation programs. Study respondents included 359 teacher educators from institutions of higher education across the U.S. Demographically, CTE teacher educators are similar to other teacher educators. For example, 90 percent were white, 4 percent African American, and 3 percent Hispanic. The average age of a CTE teacher educator was slightly more than 50 years, and more than half were tenured at their institutions. A large percentage of the teacher educators' professional time was spent teaching, with female faculty spending more of their professional time teaching than their male counterparts. Respondents indicated that traditional approaches, such as university course work, coupled with local school-based teaching and learning centers, solution-oriented investigations, and seminars were the most effective approaches toward developing future secondary teachers and therefore, were most used. They had mixed opinions as to the effectiveness of Web-based and other technology-based courses in the preparation of new teachers. Adjunct faculty and non-tenure-track faculty in higher education participated in almost as many professional development activities as did their tenure-track colleagues. Since many teacher educators will retire in the next 10 years, the study concluded that more attention must be paid to preserving and improving CTE teacher educator programs. (Contains 45 references.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adjunct Faculty, Blacks, College Faculty, Computer Uses in Education, Demography, Educational Needs, Females, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Males, Nontenured Faculty, Part Time Faculty, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development, Teacher Background, Teacher Centers, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Educators, Teacher Workshops, Teaching Load, Teaching Methods, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers, Whites
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education, Columbus, OH.