Tracer Study

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TRACER STUDY OF TEACHER EDUCATION GRADUATES
BY

PREVANAND RAMRATHAN

A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of

MASTER OF EDUCATION (TEACHER EDUCATION)

In the Faculty of Education University of Durban-Westville

Durban, South Africa, 1997

DECLARATION

I hereby declare that this dissertation is my own previously for any degree in any University.

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and has not been submitted

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TITLE PAGE ABSTRACT ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS DECLARATION CONTENTS LIST OF TABLES APPENDICES BIBLIOGRAPHY

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CHAPTER 1 : OVERVIEW OF THE STUDY - WHERE DO TEACHER EDUCATION GRADUATES GO? PAGE 1 2 3 4 5 6
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INTRODUCTION PURPOSE AND
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A seminal study recently commissioned by a government Committee of Teacher Education Policy (COTEP), the so-called National Teacher Education Audit (henceforth referred to as the Audit), reported that there is an over-supply of teachers in some school subjects (e.g. Biblical Studies) and an under-supply in other subjects (e.g. Science and Mathematics). These findings seem to corroborate widespread news reports that new teachers are not finding employment. The apparent contradiction between supply and demand alluded to above raIses important questions regarding the employment of teachers. Is there, in fact, an oversupply of teachers? Do teacher education graduates find employment in teaching? Do Science and Mathematics teacher education graduates, in fact, fill positions in these assumed critical areas? To address these and related questions, a study was designed to track a cohort of new teachers with the goal of ascertaining their employment status in the years immediately following their graduation. ,The study used a longitudinal tracer study design to trace the 1995 cohort of teacher graduates of the Faculty of Education, University of Durban-Westville. Data were collected at three different periods: at graduation (July 1996), at the end of the school year (December 1996), and at the beginning of the new school year (January 1997). Survey questionnaires were used for the collection of data from students, while
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