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ERIC Number: ED532500
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 112
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1095-2573-1
Are We Doing Enough? A Look at Teachers Struggling in the Classroom
Smolnisky, Shelley
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, George Fox University
The purpose of this study was to determine if there were certain teaching competencies, identified by the state of Oregon and pinpointed by building administrators, which cause the greatest difficulty for new teachers. If there were competencies identified by building administrators as problematic, was there more that teacher education institutions could be doing to help these teaching candidates so they did not struggle once they had teaching jobs? The primary research procedure utilized in this study was survey research. The process included sending an electronic survey via email to all building administrators in the state. Administrators were asked both open-ended and close-ended questions about the challenges faced by probationary teachers, those teachers in their first three years of teaching. Findings indicated that building administrators identified a number of areas in which probationary teachers struggle. Chief among these areas were behavior management, specific content knowledge, and the ability of probationary teachers to link their teaching to state standards. Further research into mentoring programs or Professional Development Schools where there is collaboration between teacher education institutions and K-12 school districts might be warranted. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Oregon