The principal's perceived effectiveness of preservice teacher training in Arizona
AuthorClement, Nicholas Irving
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis study investigated the principal's perceived effectiveness of preservice teaching education and training in the state of Arizona. An in-depth interview methodology was used to explore, describe, and analyze the perceptions of twelve principals serving in K-12 schools located in Southern Arizona. The following questions guided this study: What attitudes, skills and knowledge competencies do principals want new teachers to demonstrate and how do these perceptions compare with profiles developed in the literature? What type of course work do principals want in teacher preservice training programs and how do these perceptions compare with those currently offered in Arizona Colleges of Education? What strengths have principals observed in new teachers and which of these strengths do they attribute directly to preservice training programs in Arizona? What weaknesses have principals observed in new teachers and which of these weaknesses do they attribute directly to preservice training programs in Arizona? What recommendations do principals have for improving preservice training programs in Arizona Colleges of Education? This study was limited in terms of generalizability because only the perceptions of 12 principals serving schools in Southern Arizona were utilized. Qualitative data was collected utilizing individual in-depth interviews with the 12 principals selected for this study. Response data gathered in this study were analyzed inductively in an attempt to develop and identify significant themes, concepts, and dimensions describing the principal's perception of the effectiveness of preservice teacher training. The following findings emerged from this study relative to the principals' perceptions of preservice training: principals have a specific profile of the competent new teacher and this profile parallels the research; principals want teachers to take course work in classroom management, communication and methodology with a emphasis on theory to practice methods; principals characterized new teachers as enthusiastic and strong in content knowledge; principals characterized new teachers as weak in classroom management skills and their ability to deliver instruction; principals recommended that schools of education become more practitioner focused, provide earlier and longer field service, provide immersion type student teaching experiences, and become less isolated and more interdependent in their relationship with K-12 schools.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Educational Administration and Higher Education