Search results for: Alternative teacher certification
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Entering, Staying, Shifting, Leaving, and Sometimes Returning: A Descriptive Analysis of the Career Trajectories of Two Cohorts of Alternatively Certified Mathematics Teachers
This article examines the career trajectories of recent college graduates and career changers who became mathematics teachers in hard-to-staff schools through New York City Teaching Fellows (NYCTF). The goal is to understand the main patterns in their careers before, during, and after teaching. The study provides a portrait of the career trajectories and decision-making of more than 600 NYCTF mathematics teachers over a nine-year period. The study incorporates survey and retention data collected as part of a longitudinal research project on NYCTF mathematics teachers. The analysis of the teachers’ career trajectories is illuminated by descriptive statistics and qualitative analyses of teachers’ open-ended survey responses. The article deepens our understanding of teachers’ career decision-making as it unfolds over time. For example, it documents that the leavers emphasized different reasons for leaving NYC public schools, depending on when they left. The study also challenges conventional understandings of teacher turnover by finding consequential amounts of midyear and involuntary turnover and by demonstrating the stochastic nature of some teachers’ trajectories. It further shows that, although in many ways similar, the career trajectories of the career changers and recent college graduates differed in key regards; for example, although the career changers seem to have had greater trouble adjusting to teaching, they were more likely to remain in the district a decade after entry than the recent graduates. The discussion focuses on the implications of the study for recruitment and retention strategies that can ameliorate pressing teacher turnover and shortage issues. It posits that, given the high rates of turnover among NYCTF mathematics teachers, recruitment strategies focused on recruiting high-achieving recent graduates and professional career changers will not solve long-standing teacher turnover issues in districts such as NYC public schools. As such, districts need to focus on retention strategies. These would include, for example, training and induction tailored to meet the different needs and career goals of career changers and recent graduates.
Updated: Jan. 29, 2022
This research aimed to examine the profiles of the candidates who had applied to the alternative retraining programs at the selected college. The study then would compare them with those candidates who had been accepted onto the traditional programs. The authors found that the alternative programs attracted students with an academic and personal profile different from the one that characterizes students in the traditional teacher retraining programs. In all three alternative programs, the number of students with advanced postgraduate degrees was significantly higher than the number of students with advanced degrees in the traditional programs.
Updated: Sep. 26, 2017
Two facts should be considered by those concerned with the teaching workforce in Israel. The first is that the profession does not attract 'the best and the brightest' needed for education in the 21st century and that for many applicants it is a default option. The second is that rapid changes in the employment market force many workers to abandon one type of work for another. The challenge is to recruit them and then properly train them in both pre-service education and continuous professional development, while creating conditions to insure their retention in the system. In this context the accelerated programs have been found to make a positive contribution. In Israel alternative teacher training programs for retired army personnel are well-known as is the recommendation of the Dovrat committee (2005) to allow graduates with B.A. degrees to enter teaching before obtaining a teaching license.
Updated: Sep. 13, 2017
Teacher Learning through Self-Regulation: An Exploratory Study of Alternatively Prepared Teachers’ Ability to Plan Differentiated Instruction in an Urban Elementary School
The purpose of this research is to understand alternative certification candidates’ development as planners and implementers of Differentiated Instruction. This article presents three cases which introduces three female apprentices. The important role of self-regulation in apprentice development is an overarching conclusion in this study because the development of each of the other conditions (collegial relationships, classroom management, planning for a standard and student need, accepting feedback) was greatly influenced by the apprentice’s ability to self-regulate. Apprentices with strong self-regulatory capabilities demonstrated a stronger ability to plan and implement Differentiated Instruction. This stronger ability is possibly due to the fact that teachers who engage in self-regulatory behaviors are more likely to know what is going on with students, and lessons.
Updated: Mar. 01, 2017
This study aimed to explore the professional challenges and concerns of 30 second career teachers (SCTs) participating in an alternative fast-track induction program during their first year of teaching. Additionally, the study investigated their perspectives of the institutional support provided to them. The results suggest that the challenges and concerns of SCTs trained through a fast-track program are essentially not dissimilar from novice teachers trained in traditional programs. Even though SCTs entered the profession with extensive life and work experience, they seemed to perceive the same mismatch experienced by other first-year teachers between what they had expected and what they actually encountered. Their main challenges and concerns centered on: classroom teaching, teacher–student relations, the extensive workload, and their emotional involvement.
Updated: Jan. 02, 2017
The current research examines the relative effectiveness of universities and new program types using the diverse market in Texas. The authors examine program effectiveness through a framework integrating certificate pathways, organizational goals, and market incentives. The authors found that independent nonprofits have positive effects on student performance that are not explained by teacher sorting or program selectivity, and these effects only occur in math. Furthermore, independent nonprofits perform well with most high-risk populations but have no advantage with Black students, no presence on rural schools, and negative effects, and designated special education (SPED) students. The authors argue that these findings suggest that policy makers should proceed with caution when advocating for expanding or limiting any particular program type.
Updated: Dec. 20, 2016
This auto-ethnography focuses on the process of developing a teacher educator identity for the new teacher educator whose career path did not begin in the Pre K-12 setting. By examining her own experience the author explores the tensions and difficulties that beset new nontraditional faculty of teacher education and compare them to those of traditional teacher educators.
Updated: Dec. 20, 2016
Using a Cultural Lens to Explore Challenges and Issues in Culturally Diverse Schools for Teach First Beginning Teachers: Implications for Future Teacher Training
The main purpose of this research was to explore the cultural issues and challenges that Teach First (TF) trainees face in their first year of teaching, from the perspective of the teachers. The exploration of these differences allowed the emergence of coping strategies as a major finding to emerge from what was initially a more open-ended investigation. Three main themes emerge from the data: Firstly, there is evidence from all datasets that cultural challenges exist for the participants, and that they have developed strategies for overcoming them during the course of the year; Secondly, the cultural gap exists between curriculum and pupils; Thirdly, while cultural differences have caused problems for the participants, they have come to recognise that although they cannot change the whole culture of the school and its pupils, they can make a difference in class.
Updated: Nov. 29, 2016
The purpose of this study is to examine the development of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) for two purposefully selected beginning mathematics teachers. The PCK development of these two individuals varied due to their focus on developing particular aspects of their PCK, with one individual focusing on assessment and student understanding, and the other individual focusing on curricular knowledge. The findings of this study demonstrate the differences that exist in the development of PCK for beginning mathematics teachers. These findings also demonstrate that PCK can develop in different ways for beginning teachers.
Updated: Jun. 14, 2016
Beginning Teachers’ Experience of the Workplace Learning Environment in Alternative Teacher Certification Programs: A Mixed Methods Approach
This paper discusses to what extent students of teaching in early entry teacher education programs experience their work environment as a stimulating learning environment. The results indicate that in most schools opportunities for learning are incidental and not in the form of labour. Student teachers are not gently introduced into the practice of teaching, gradually taking more responsibilities and becoming experts. Besides, the core of the practices for teachers is enacted in classrooms where student teachers are left to their own devices. However, autonomy is highly valued but double-edged: a source of motivation and isolation. Furthermore, when knowledge exchange, reflection and problem solving occur, they have little prospect of improving student teachers’ conceptual knowledge and deep understanding.
Updated: Jan. 06, 2015