ERIC Number: ED595065
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Feb
The Private School Teacher Skills Gap: What K-12 Private School Educators Know and What They Need to Know
McShane, Michael Q.
Leaders in the business community often talk about the "skills gap," the gap between the skills needed for good jobs in the economy and the skills that prospective employees possess. Though there is debate as to whether or not such a gap actually exists, the idea of the "skills gap" can be a helpful way to frame instances where recent graduates realize that their preparation might not have been as complete as they would have liked. A "skills gap" appears to exist in private schooling in America. Based on a survey of private school teachers and leaders in three states, a large number identified important skills that they had to learn on the job. As it turns out, there is significant overlap between the skills necessary to be successful teaching and leading in private schools and in public schools--the sector toward which most teacher and leader preparation programs gear their training--but still there are unique skills that private school teachers and leaders need that they are not receiving in their training. This paper set out to understand the needs of private school teachers and leaders by surveying them. In total, 447 private school employees (281 teachers and 166 administrators) from three states responded to a detailed survey asking them specific questions about the skills and dispositions needed to be successful in a private school and whether they felt adequately prepared in them. Interestingly, 230 of those teachers and leaders had also taught in or led a traditional public school, which allowed for comparison between the two environments.
Descriptors: Private Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Teaching Skills, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Attitudes, Preservice Teacher Education, On the Job Training, Faculty Development, Public Schools, Inservice Teacher Education, Beginning Teachers, Beginning Principals
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: EdChoice
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