Teachers' perceptions of substitute teacher performance and training in Maury County, Tennessee

Tina Thornton Smith, Tennessee State University

Abstract

This study examined opinions and perceptions of permanent teachers in Maury County, Tennessee, regarding performance and training of substitute teachers. In addition to demographic information and comparisons among group means, the relationships between variables were studied. The results of the study were used to determine if a substitute teacher training program would be beneficial to Maury County Schools. ^ The study sample (N = 165) included full time K-12 teachers. Respondents were divided into three groups: elementary, middle, and high school teachers. Data was gathered using a survey created by the Substitute Teaching Institute at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Permanent teachers responded to ten items on a Likert scale and three opinion questions. Statistically significant differences between the three responding groups were indicated. Findings were as follows: (1) There was a statistically significant difference in the way teachers rated substitute teacher performance based on grade level. Although none of the three groups had a high mean response, elementary teachers rated substitute teacher performance higher than did middle and high school teachers. (2) There was a statistically significant difference in the degree to which teachers agreed that training would improve the quality and performance of substitute teachers. All three groups agreed that substitute training would be beneficial; however, the highest ranking came from middle school teachers. ^

Subject Area

Education, Teacher Training|Education, Sciences

Recommended Citation

Tina Thornton Smith, "Teachers' perceptions of substitute teacher performance and training in Maury County, Tennessee" (2006). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3203846.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI3203846

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