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Faculty members publish research

Two members of the University of North Georgia faculty have published an article in a recent edition of a scholarly journal. The article, “Value-Added Measures of Teacher Candidates’ Dispositions,” by Dr. Maryellen Cosgrove and Dr. Barbara Carpenter, appeared in the Fall-Winter 2012 edition of the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE) journal.

The article explores teacher preparation programs and describes how these programs can positively affect the professional disposition of teachers. The article draws conclusion from a research sample of 60 candidates and a qualitative analysis of essays written by them before and after such a program.

"Besides GPA and test scores, pre-service candidates must be assessed for their professional and ethical dispositions,” Cosgrove said.  “This study evaluated the value-added dimension of candidates' growth as a result of their matriculating through the GSC education program. As a result of this research, the Gainesville State College teacher preparation program was nominated for the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) Best Practice Award for Ethical and Professional Programs."

Cosgrove is the associate provost for academic affairs at UNG, and a former dean of the School of Business, Education, Health & Wellness at the former Gainesville State College. Carpenter is professor emeritus for the College of Education.

The SRATE Journal is published with the mission of distributing scholarship and research about the teaching profession. The journal focuses especially on teacher preparation.

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