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ERIC Number: EJ1132604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
Enticing Teacher Candidates to the Middle
Satterlee Vizenor, Amy
Middle School Journal, v48 n2 p31-38 2017
Most teacher candidates enter education programs as elementary or secondary teachers, despite the call for uniquely prepared middle grades teachers and despite the fact that nearly one-third of teaching jobs available are in grades 5-8 schools. This article describes a middle level education course required by candidates at all licensure levels, as well as a mixed methods study conducted to assess the impact of the course on education students' desire to teach early adolescents. Quantitative results suggested the significance of the course field placement in the candidates having had meaningful interactions with early adolescents, as well as the impact of the course on participants' perspectives on their own middle level experiences. In qualitative results, positive themes that emerged from written rationales for teaching preference were the developmental age of the student and self-interest; the negative themes were developmental age of the student and preference for younger students. Course factors that most influenced candidates toward or away from middle level teaching were teaching advisory and exploratory lessons and participating in a field experience. Though most teacher candidates overlook the possibility of middle grades teaching, this study offers hope that participation in a thoughtfully designed middle level education course can influence candidates toward work with young adolescents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
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