Teachers’ academic preparation and commitment to teach math and science
TATE Volume 18, Number 6 ISSN 0742-051X Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
This study has two primary aims: (1) to describe the different paths to teaching grades 6 through 12 math and science taken by recent college graduates in the United States; and (2) to detail differences (between paths) in experiences and commitment toward the profession. Four paths to teaching math and science based on certification and course taking are described. I find that those with certification in math or science are more likely to be committed than those without certification. However, those without certification vary in their commitment to the profession depending on coursework preparation. Possible approaches to increase retention rates and the number of qualified teachers are discussed.
Jason LaTurner, R. Teachers’ academic preparation and commitment to teach math and science. Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 18(6), 653-663. Elsevier Ltd.