A Content Analysis

Coursework for the Effective Preparation of Business Education Teachers

Authors

  • Frederick Polkinghorne, Bowling Green State University

Keywords:

Business education, Teacher education preparation, Business education coursework

Abstract

Problem: The distribution of coursework required in undergraduate business teacher education programs had not been recently documented, and teacher preparation coursework may have an impact on the student achievement of program completers.

Research Questions: What are undergraduate business teacher education degree program credit hour requirements for expertise in business subject matter? What are undergraduate business teacher education degree program credit hour requirements for expertise in the context for teaching business subject matter? What are undergraduate business teacher education degree program credit hour requirements for expertise in instructional strategies for teaching business? What was the influence of selected institutional characteristics on required coursework in undergraduate business teacher education degree programs?

Research Method: A qualitative content analysis technique was used to categorize data into three overarching categories and several sub-categories.

Data Collection Procedures and Analysis: Data were collected from a random sample of business teacher education programs and then analyzed to describe programs and measure the influence of selected institutional characteristics on required coursework.

Findings: On average, business teacher education programs required 128.79 semester credit hours of coursework, 35.38% in subject matter, 47.63% in contextual knowledge, and 16.80% in instructional strategy. Organizing units, program affiliation, and university type resulted in significant statistical interactions.

Conclusions/Recommendations: Required coursework is largely misaligned with the recommendations of the National Association for Business Teacher Education; as a result, additional research should be conducted to determine the impact of required coursework on the achievement of program completers. In the interim, it is recommended that business teacher educators review their program coursework to determine the extent to which it aligns with the recommendations of the National Association for Business Teacher Education.

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2015-06-01

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Polkinghorne, F. (2015). A Content Analysis: Coursework for the Effective Preparation of Business Education Teachers. Journal of Research In Business Education, 57(1), 1-17. https://jrbe.nbea.org/index.php/jrbe/article/view/43

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