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Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, v1 n2 p19-26 Fall 2006

In light of shortages of mathematics and science teachers, alternative certification was introduced in the mid-1980s. This study examined the effect of alternative certification among math and science teachers who moved to a different school or left the profession. This was accomplished using the national "SASS" and "TFS" databases. The results indicated that alternatively certified teachers were comparable in their commitment to their current school and the teaching profession when compared with their traditionally certified colleagues. Findings are discussed with respect to their relevance for education policy makers and school administrators.

Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Mathematics Teachers, Science Teachers, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Characteristics, Data Analysis, Comparative Analysis, Faculty Mobility, Teacher Persistence, Gender Differences, Ethnicity, Urban Areas, Status, Maximum Likelihood Statistics, Predictor Variables, Prediction, Elementary Secondary Education

National Association for Alternative Certification. PO Box 5750, Washington, DC 20016. Tel: 202-277-3600; Fax: 202-403-3545; e-mail: info[at]alternativecertification.org; Web site: http://www.alternativecertification.org





Author: Tai, Robert H.; Liu, Christine Qi; Fan, Xiato

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=5396&id=EJ1053306



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