ERIC Number: ED477735
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Standards for Admission to Teacher Education Programs.
Fallon, Moira; Ackley, Blaine C.
This literature review on admission to teacher education programs focuses on: utilization of passing scores on one of the many tests used by licensing agencies as a criterion for admission to teacher education programs; use of personal or group interviews to determine candidates' skill in several crucial areas; and examination of candidates' personal dispositions toward teaching. Personal attributes or dispositions have a range of acceptability to society as a whole, which eventually lead to a judgment by both candidates and assessors as to whether or not the candidates possess the appropriate disposition. The paper asserts that teacher education programs need a model for measuring candidates' personal dispositions, proposing a model with four critical elements: use of multiple screening measures across several time frames by more than one evaluator; use of gating at appropriate places along the path toward program completion; use of professional development plans; and combining the ongoing personal relationship between student and advisor with an evaluative conference with a program administrator. Recommendations include: using transcript data to verify program requirements are met, but not as predictors of teaching performance; using multiple raters and instruments; and requiring candidates to produce written responses to on-demand questions centered on educational issues. (Contains 34 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2003).