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ERIC Number: ED003383
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
Pages: 132
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CHANGES IN CONCEPTS DURING AN INTRODUCTORY COURSE IN EDUCATION.
BOLTON, DALE L.
A STUDY WAS CONDUCTED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GENERAL CONCEPTUAL FRAME OF REFERENCE OF THE COLLEGE STUDENT WHO INTENDS TO GO INTO TEACHING, AND PARTICULARLY ABOUT HIS PERCEPTION OF EDUCATIONAL CONCEPTS. THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP CONSISTED OF 245 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN AN INTRODUCTORY COURSE IN EDUCATION. THE CONTROL GROUP CONSISTED OF 68 STUDENT VOLUNTEERS IN INTRODUCTORY COURSES IN SPEECH AND ENGLISH. A SEMANTIC DIFFERENTIAL WAS DEVISED AND ADMINISTERED TO BOTH GROUPS AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF A QUARTER. THE SEMANTIC DIFFERENTIAL CONSISTED OF BIPOLAR ADJECTIVES FOR DESCRIBING EACH OF 20 CONCEPTS. WEIGHTINGS ATTACHED TO THE VARIOUS ADJECTIVES DETERMINED THE MEANING OF THE CONCEPT TO THE INDIVIDUAL. FACTORAL ANALYSIS IDENTIFIED 3 FACTORS FOR 8 HUMAN CONCEPTS AND 4 FACTORS FOR 12 ABSTRACT CONCEPTS. TWELVE CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS RANGED FROM ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SEMANTIC DIFFERENTIAL AS A USEFUL AND RELIABLE TOOL TO DEMONSTRATION THAT BEGINNING STUDENTS IN EDUCATION IDENTIFY CLOSELY WITH THE TEACHING PROFESSION, AS NOTED BY THE SIMILARITY IN MEANING OF THE WORD "MYSELF" AND THE WORD "TEACHER." (JM)
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Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle.
Identifiers: WASHINGTON; Washington (Seattle)