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ERIC Number: EJ1044149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1747-5120
Do Alternative Teacher Education Programs Manage to Attract Different Candidates and Students?
Donitsa-Schmidt, Smadar; Weinberger, Yehudith
Teacher Development, v18 n4 p530-545 2014
During 2009, three alternative teacher retraining programs in English as a Foreign Language, mathematics and biology were launched for the first time in one of Israel's largest teacher education colleges. The programs, which offered varied economic incentives to participants, were initiated by the state owing to shortages of teachers in these disciplines and the economic crisis in the hi-tech industry. After hundreds of candidates responded to the program's advertisement, 90 candidates were accepted and enrolled following rigorous screening. The purpose of the research reported here was to examine the demographic, academic and occupational profiles of the candidates and students in each of the three programs in comparison with applicants and students in traditional teacher education retraining programs. The research population included a total of 611 candidates who had applied to all the teacher retraining programs offered in 2009. The study's findings indicate that not only did the alternative programs make the teaching profession more accessible to potential candidates; they also attracted students with impressive demographic, academic and occupational profiles that varied considerably from the profiles of the students in the traditional programs. Longitudinal follow-up studies are needed to investigate the adjustment, success and retention rates of these new teachers in the educational system.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Junior High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel
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