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CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE TEACHER CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS

CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE TEACHER CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS,Daniel C. Humphrey,Marjorie E. Wechsler,Heather J. Hough

CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE TEACHER CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS   (Citations: 8)
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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. To account for within-program variation, the analysis clusters individuals across programs based on common background characteristics, program experiences, and school contexts. Research design We employed multiple data collection activities at both the program and participant levels. We conducted case studies of seven alternative certification programs, including multiple interviews with key personnel and document reviews. We surveyed program participants twice—once at the beginning of their participation in the program, and again at the end of their first year of teaching. We also observed a sample of participants teaching and interviewed them both at the beginning and end of their first year of teaching. Findings We found that each program, personal, or contextual element analyzed impacted various outcomes differently, and each contributed to the development of skilled, confident teachers. The element with the strongest effect on all measured outcomes, however, was school context. Conclusions Overall, findings suggest that an effective alternative certification program places candidates in schools with strong leadership, a collegial atmosphere, and adequate materials. Effective programs select well-educated individuals or work to strengthen subject-matter knowledge, and
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