Search results for: Alternative teacher certification
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This case study examines the perceptions of a group of trainees on the employment-based graduate teacher programme (GTP) towards the close of their initial teacher education. Seven trainees were selected to participate in the study. Data were collected by conducting a series of semi-structured interviews. Findings suggest that GTP trainees were able to identify ways in which 'theory' had positively influenced their practice. However, the authors claim that most workplace learning occurs on the job and that this masks an uncertain interplay between formal and less formal elements of how trainee teachers learn on the employment-based GTP route studied here.
Updated: Dec. 26, 2010
The goal of this research was to explore occupational understandings by preparation program. The author conducted interviews with 49 beginning teachers in one labor market, 26 alternatively certified and 23 traditionally certified. The author found that the initial socialization process was weak for both groups, and neither expressed a strong professional or technical identity. All teachers expressed a strong classroom focus and supported the idea of learning through experience. However, there were some key differences in the role of peer groups and pedagogical theory.
Updated: Sep. 19, 2010
This paper argues that the stifling of innovation in teacher education has threatened the vitality of the field. This paper encourages a pluralistic approach to teacher preparation that the author believes holds promise for revitalizing the field of teacher education. The article argues that a pluralistic approach to the revitalization of teacher education must be based on the understanding that there is no one best way to prepare teachers. It highlights an innovative approach to teacher education taken by nonuniversity providers that could tailor their programs to address the needs of particular schools, districts, or regions.
Updated: Mar. 14, 2010
The Influence of University Coursework on Pre-service Middle and High School Teachers’ Experiences with Multicultural Themes
The study examined the influence of university-based teacher education courses on pre-service middle and high school teachers’ experiences with multicultural themes in a secondary science alternative certification program. Eight participants volunteered to be a part of the study. The findings indicated that while the participants became more familiar with the themes of multicultural education, many did not demonstrate fluency with these themes and struggled with balancing their responsibilities as a science teacher and a culturally competent teacher.
Updated: Oct. 28, 2009
National shortages of math and science teachers have led to a variety of strategies and programs to attract second career professionals into teaching. This qualitative study investigates the development of professional teaching identities in 6 STEM career changers in a post-baccalaureate pre-service teacher credential program in California.
Updated: Apr. 06, 2009
Alternate Routes in Initial Teacher Education: A Critical Review of the Research and Policy Implications for Hong Kong
The authors use Hong Kong's policy on initial teacher training as a case study of the interplay between international trends and local policy. Traditionally initial teacher preparation in most countries has been based in higher education institutions. In recent years, alternative routes for initial teacher education have proliferated in the United States and the United Kingdom. The authors claim that these trends have had significant impact on Hong Kong's policies for initial teacher preparation.
Updated: Mar. 02, 2009
Alternative certification plays a central role in the production of new teachers in many states, yet little is known about the characteristics of an effective program. This paper is based on an analysis of seven alternative certification programs to determine the characteristics of effective programs. It presents findings from an analysis designed to shed light on the effects of personal, program, and contextual inputs on teaching outcomes. Overall, findings suggest that an effective alternative certification program places candidates in schools with strong leadership, a collegial atmosphere, and adequate materials.
Updated: Dec. 15, 2008
Exploring the Relationship between Certification Sources, Experience Levels, and Classroom Management Orientations of Classroom Teachers
This article explores classroom management – learning, social interaction and student behavior. It examines the relationship between the sources of teachers' certification, teachers' experience levels and teachers' classroom management techniques. Findings indicate that teachers with traditional certification and many years of experience exhibit less control over the children's classroom activities than those with alternative certification and novel approaches to education.
Updated: May. 27, 2008
A person Oriented Approach to Characterizing Beginning Teachers in Alternative Certification Programs.
The article describes a study designed to explore why individuals decide to enter the teaching profession through alternative certification programs. The study implemented an ecological approach which focused on the persons and their desired and attitudes towards teaching, as shaped by their particular lives and personal histories.
Updated: Mar. 23, 2008
The article reviews a synthesis of evaluation studies of alternative teacher certification programs that were introduced in the Netherlands between 2000 and 2005. The evaluation studies examined intake assessment, workplace learning, mentoring, and opportunities to qualify in all basic aspects of teaching. Findings raised concern about the alternative certification programs and offered some recommendations for change.
Updated: Jan. 14, 2008