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ERIC Number: EJ1017059
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5284
Alternative Certification Programs & Pre-Service Teacher Preparedness
Koehler, Adrie; Feldhaus, Charles Robert; Fernandez, Eugenia; Hundley, Stephen
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v14 n4 p45-55 Oct-Dec 2013
This explanatory sequential mixed methods research study investigated motives and purpose exhibited by professionals transitioning from careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to secondary education. The study also analyzed personal perceptions of teaching preparedness, and explored barriers to successful teaching. STEM career changers were surveyed and interviewed. Study participants without industry experience and graduate degrees perceived themselves as being more prepared than study participants with industry experience and graduate degrees when developing lesson plans. Additionally, study participants without graduate degrees felt more prepared than those with graduate degrees in the area of classroom management. Overall, participants perceived themselves as most prepared in assessment and their content area and least prepared in classroom management and handling the psychological needs of their students. Specific recommendations for STEM alternative teacher education programs, instructors within these programs, and STEM career changers are included.
Institute for STEM Education and Research. P.O. Box 4001, Auburn, AL 36831. Tel: 334-844-3360; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
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