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Teacher Preparedness: A Comparison of Alternatively and Traditionally Certified Technology and Engineering Education Teachers

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Bradley Bowen ,

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, US
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Assistant Professor in the Integrative STEM Education Program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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Thomas Williams,

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, US
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Associate Professor in the School of Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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Larry Napoleon, Jr.,

North Dakota State University
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Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education Program at North Dakota State University
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Adam Marx

North Dakota State University, US
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Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education Program at North Dakota State University
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Abstract

There is a national conversation about a secondary teacher shortage and the lack of qualified teachers in the classroom. Over recent years, there has been a rise in the number of alternatively certified teachers to fill these positions. This is particularly true in the field of career and technical education. However, there is a debate on whether an alternatively certified teacher is as effective as a traditionally certified teacher. The level of preparedness has been identified as a critical factor in teacher effectiveness. This study looks at the differences in perceived preparedness of early career technology and engineering education teachers to determine if there is a difference between alternatively and traditionally certified teachers. The Schools and Staffing Survey Teacher Questionnaire was used as a generalizable national dataset. The results show that there is no statistically significant difference in the level of perceived preparedness of early career alternatively and traditionally certified technology and engineering education teachers. One construct within preparedness, behavior management, was statistically significant for traditionally certified teachers. By better understanding the nature of teachers in regard to preparedness and certification type, further research can be conducted to better prepare teachers in the field of technology and engineering education.
How to Cite: Bowen, B., Williams, T., Napoleon, Jr., L., & Marx, A. (2019). Teacher Preparedness: A Comparison of Alternatively and Traditionally Certified Technology and Engineering Education Teachers. Journal of Technology Education, 30(2), 75–89. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jte.v30i2.a.5
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Published on 22 Mar 2019.
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