ERIC Number: ED467436
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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Our Graduates Speak about BEST: An Analysis of Survey Data Provided by ECSU Graduates Certified To Teach and Their Assessment of the BEST Program. Research Brief, Spring 2002.
Sakofs, Mitchell; Bilodeau, Brandon
As part of an effort to improve program quality at the Education Unit of Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU), a survey was sent to ECSE graduates who were recommended for teacher certification from 1999 through 2001. This report presents ECSU graduate assessment of the Beginner Educator Support and Training (BEST) program. Of the 340 surveys mailed, 95 were returned, and 57 were from individuals who were employed full-time and were participating in BEST. Respondents completed a Likert-type scale about BEST participation. Most respondents (70% to 74.5%) indicated positive responses for questions about mentor knowledge about state standards and mentor availability and experience. Fewer respondents (50% to 69%) judged that mentors judged participants instructions or that mentors taught in a manner consistent with BEST. Areas scoring 30% to 59% positive responses were that the program is coherent, helps in the understanding of state standards, and integrates preteaching education and current practice. Far fewer graduates (10% to 29%) thought that the program aids in working with the realities of education in contemporary schools or that the program helps guide behavior management. Some areas for further study are identified. (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Eastern Connecticut State Coll., Willimantic.
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut