ERIC Number: ED476163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Community College's Expanding Role in Teacher Preparation.
Zientek, Linda; Kadhi, TauGamba; Capraro, Robert M.
Community colleges across the nation are responding to the growing need for teachers in high need areas by expanding their role in teacher preparation. Blinn College, a junior college in Brehnam, Texas, began offering an alternative certification program for individuals interested in teaching 8th-12th grade mathematics. A thorough review of alternative certification literature from 1997-02 was conducted. A meta-analysis was conducted after coding 77 articles. Among the variables coded were program descriptions, candidate characteristics, and candidate support. Additionally, the articles were coded to identify the experiences most conducive to effective teacher preparation. Of the articles coded, 34 percent of the coded articles were qualitative, quantitative, or hybrid, with the balance being reports. Alternative certification programs tend not to report completion or retention rates. Programs vary across states and across programs, with some teachers receiving little or no training before entering the classroom, while others receive extensive training. Most authors fail to report a thorough description of their program and entry requirements. (Contains 34 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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