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UHV education professors earn award for teacher preparation paper

April 13, 2013 at 6:04 p.m.
Updated April 12, 2013 at 11:13 p.m.

University of Houston-Victoria School of Education & Human Development faculty members Barba Patton, left, Teresa Le Sage-Clements, Paul Carlson and Diane Prince display the plaques they received for winning the 2012 National Social Science Association award for best journal article.

A paper written by four University of Houston-Victoria School of Education and Human Development faculty members recently was chosen as the top journal article of 2012 by a national organization.

The National Social Science Association presented the award March 25 to Teresa Le Sage-Clements, Barba Patton, Diane Prince and Paul Carlson during its spring conference in Las Vegas.

Prince and Carlson are education professors.

Patton is an associate professor of curriculum and instruction, and Le Sage-Clements is an assistant professor of curriculum and instruction.

Each received a plaque during the award ceremony.

The faculty members wrote "Billions of Dollars Wasted: New Teacher Preparation Models Needed." The paper was published in Volume 41 of the National Social Science Journal.

Le Sage-Clements said they were honored to have their paper recognized.

"The graying of the teaching profession and the high departure of younger teachers present a problem in sustaining a quality education for all students," Le Sage-Clements said. "Many of the current teacher certification and recruitment models are overlooking the education paraprofessionals."

The results showed that paraprofessionals with community ties stay in the classroom longer than teachers without prior education work experience.

"The premise was that certified and degreed paraprofessionals with education work experience understand the reality of being a classroom teacher more than someone who just decides to become a teacher," Le Sage-Clements said. "It's an untapped resource of teacher candidates."

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