ERIC Number: EJ748078
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding the Impact of Accountability on Preservice Teachers' Decisions about Where to Teach
Ng, Jennifer C.
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v38 n5 p353-372 Dec 2006
Research has shown that individuals who become teachers are uniquely oriented to the psychic rewards of teaching such as connecting with students and making a difference. Yet, in the era of "No Child Left Behind", emphasis upon test scores as indicators of student learning, competition within and between school districts, and threats of external sanctions seem to promote a different orientation to teachers' work. This is especially the case in schools with limited human, social, physical, and cultural capital serving disproportionate numbers of low-income, racial/ethnic and linguistic minority students typically located in urban areas. Given the existing problem of teacher shortages in urban schools and the current impact of accountability, this study seeks to explore two questions: How do preservice teachers believe their aspirations to teach will be affected by the accountability movement? And how do these views affect their considerations about where to teach?
Descriptors: Accountability, Preservice Teachers, Federal Legislation, Scores, Urban Education, Aspiration, Rewards, Educational Policy, Teacher Shortage, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001