ERIC Number: EJ1055394
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Graduate Student Teacher Training: Still Relevant (And Missing?) 20 Years Later
Blouin, David D.; Moss, Alison R.
Teaching Sociology, v43 n2 p126-136 Apr 2015
Twenty years ago, Pescosolido and Milkie (1995) reported that 50 percent of U.S. and Canadian sociology graduate programs offered formal teacher training. Despite pronouncements that offerings have increased substantially, no similarly thorough and direct investigation has been published since. In this time of dramatic change and increasing scrutiny of higher education, graduate teacher training is arguably more important than ever before. Thus, we seek to provide a new baseline of teacher training in the discipline. Using a 2013 survey of U.S. and Canadian sociology graduate programs (N = 173), we find that 94 percent involve graduate students in teaching, almost 68 percent provide formal training for graduate student instructors, and 54 percent provide formal training for teaching assistants. We discuss the kinds and frequency of teacher training, as well as the type of graduate programs most likely to offer teacher training, and we provide suggestions for future research.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Relevance (Education), Teacher Education Programs, Sociology, Program Descriptions, College Programs, Program Evaluation, Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Research, Teaching Assistants, Training Methods, College Credits, Student Teachers, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries, Surveys
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States