Teacher orientation -- Florida, Teachers -- Training of -- Florida
This study was conducted to determine whether there were significant factors contributing to a teacher's ability to perform effectively in the classroom. An approximate 5% stratified random sample was selected from 9,401 possible subjects in Florida's Beginning Teacher Program between 1982 and 1985. A comparison of descriptive and reportive data was performed for teachers who completed and teachers who did not complete the program.
Statistical measures included the use of contingency tables, chi-square statistic, frequency distributions and t-tests. Results suggested that a teacher's possibility of successfully completing Florida's Beginning Teacher Program was influenced by the participant's age, grade point average, type of university, college of education background, student teaching experience and teaching field. Of the teachers surveyed, those teachers who completed the Beginning Teacher Program reported significantly higher levels of performance in competencies dealing with discipline and motivation. All teachers cited peer teachers and coaching as the most common methods of assistance. Teachers who did not complete the program were more likely to lack student teaching and education background, to teach in critical shortage areas and to receive more assistance from principals than more successful teachers.
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Olson, Arthur H.
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
College of Education
Administration and Supervision
Length of Campus-only Access
Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Olson, Joanne Mullins, "A survey and analysis of the beginning teacher program in Florida and its relationship to effective education" (1986). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 4884.