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Title:The national board of professional teaching certification: Teacher motivation, benefits, and burdens
Author(s):Krause, Lisa
Director of Research:Johnston-Parsons, Marilyn A.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Johnston-Parsons, Marilyn A.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):McCarthey, Sarah J.; Moller, Karla J.; Sloat, Linda
Department / Program:Curriculum and Instruction
Discipline:Curriculum and Instruction
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):teacher professional development
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
professional development
teacher motivation
Abstract:The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards process is considered by some to be teacher professional development, which is a vital part of the field of education. This study investigated twelve educators who began the National Board process, studying their motivation to begin, the benefits they gained, and the burdens they faced. Each of the twelve participants was independently interviewed and then eight of them were brought together at the end for a focus group discussion. Nine of the twelve participants began the process and achieved certification and the other three participants began but did not complete the requirements. The findings included the fact that many of these educators went into the process blindly and for a variety of internal and external factors including wanting professional growth, a professional challenge, and the stipend that comes with certification. Eleven of the twelve had a support group to assist them in the process, and the main burden of the process was the amount of time that it took to complete the requirements. As the researcher as well as a participant in this study, I wanted to see if other educators had similar or different experiences with the National Board process. The findings suggest that while each participant has a unique and personal experience, their journeys also had numerous similarities.
Issue Date:2014-05-30
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Lisa Krause
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-05-30
Date Deposited:2014-05

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