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ERIC Number: ED490384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 40
Abstractor: Author
The Impact of a Teacher Education Program: A Critical Review
Sottile, James M., Jr.; Williams, Tony L.; McKee, Jane G.; Damron, Nancy
Online Submission, Paper submitted to the Hawaii International Conference on Education (2005)
The purpose of this research was to identify the impact of a teacher education program on its graduates' success. More specifically, what characteristics or themes do graduates of a teacher education program self-report as being effective components of their training? The research question was, "What characteristics do teacher education graduates report as being important components of their training?" The sub-questions of the study were, What is the effect of teacher education training on student satisfaction and success? What beliefs do graduates report regarding their training in the teacher education program? There were a total of 22 participants in the study. 17 were female and five were male. Of the total participants, 19 are currently in the teaching and education field. Six have full-time, contract teaching positions; seven participants have full-time substitute positions; three are part-time substitutes; three are graduate students in teacher education; and three participants are not in the teaching field. The survey contained nine demographic questions, nine quantitative questions, and 12 qualitative questions. The purpose of the survey instrument was to assess a student's belief, satisfaction, and dissatisfaction regarding the teacher education program. A novel survey was created and used as an interview guide for the trained phone interviewer. The interviewer contacted each of the participants and went step-by-step throughout the interview guide asking the participant each of the survey questions. The respondents rated the quantitative questions with great satisfaction. Taking into account a 1 to 10 scale, with ten being "Strongly Agree," the participants ranked their satisfaction with the teacher education program with at least an 8.25 response. The highest response was 9.4 and this was related to the fact that the students felt their course work contained up-to-date information in their field of study. Taking into account the qualitative data, there were 12 themes described in this study. The themes were (1) Independent Thinker, (2) Value of Teaching and Children, (3) Educational Technology, (4) Diversity, (5) Human Development, (6) Educational Psychology, (7) Teaching Satisfaction, (8) Useful Aspects of Teacher Education Program, (9) Least Useful Aspects of Teacher Education Program, (10) Overall Preparedness (11) Clinical Experience Preparation, and (12) General Education Courses. Undergraduate Post Survey--Conceptual Framework Phone Interview Questions is appended. (Contains 1 table.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A