Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The experiences of alternately certified teachers with teacher mentoring, teacher effectiveness, and student achievement
by Pace, Charyl L., Ed.D., Walden University, 2010, 314; 3426615
Abstract (Summary)

Alternately certified teachers (ACTs) are teachers who receive teacher training in an accelerated program provided by alternate certification programs (ACPs). Induction/mentoring programs are provided to ACTs as a source of additional training. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to examine ACTs’ perceptions of their effectiveness as teachers in relation to their students’ achievement and the support provided to them as new teachers by their induction/mentoring training. The research question explored if there was a relationship between the amount of support provided to the ACTs from their induction/mentoring programs and the ACTs’ perception of their effectiveness in relation to student achievement. The primary data sources consisted of journal data and semistructured interviews from 2 ACTs. Open, axial, and selective coding strategies were used as one component of the data analysis. Conventional content analysis was used to explore the perceptions of the 2 ACTs interviewed. Analysis revealed that ability to manage a classroom and the support provided by induction/mentoring programs may influence the ACTs’ perceptions of effectiveness in terms of student achievement. Results also suggested that ACTs’ induction/mentoring programs did not successfully facilitate a transition into the teaching profession. The results from this study can be used by mentoring/induction program directors, and school administrators to inform policy and curricular modifications to induction/mentoring programs that would optimize ACTs’ perceptions of their effectiveness as teachers and student achievement. The use of these data may contribute to social change by providing the ACT with an improved support system during the ACTs’ first year in the classroom.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Holtzman, Samuel
Commitee: Harper, Irma
School: Walden University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 71/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: School administration, Teacher education
Keywords: Alternate certification, Alternately certified teachers, Mentoring, Mentoring/induction, Student achievement, Teacher effectiveness
Publication Number: 3426615
ISBN: 978-1-124-28272-5
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