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ERIC Number: ED011610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 18
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Reference Count: 0
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A CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF SCIENCE CONCENTRATIONS IN THE TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAM FOR THE PROSPECTIVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS.
EATON, EDWARD J.
A COMPARISON WAS MADE BETWEEN THE UNDERGRADUATES IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION WHO HAD SELECTED EITHER BIOLOGY OR GEOLOGY AS A FIELD OF SUBJECT MATTER CONCENTRATION AND THOSE WHO HAD DECLARED SOME OTHER CONCENTRATION. THE STUDY WAS BASED ON THE PREMISE THAT PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP IN FUTURE SCIENCE INSTRUCTION IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS MUST COME FROM UNDERGRADUATES ENROLLED IN BIOLOGY AND GEOLOGY, AND WAS CONDUCTED TO FIND WAYS TO IMPROVE COUNSELING AND TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS CONCENTRATING IN THOSE AREAS. SEPARATE PHASES OF THE STUDY WERE PLANNED TO (1) DETERMINE THE TRENDS IN PERCENT OF STUDENTS ENROLLED IN BIOLOGY AND GEOLOGY, (2) DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT STUDENTS SELECTING SCIENCE DIFFERED SCHOLASTICALLY FROM OTHER STUDENTS, AND (3) IDENTIFY FACTORS THAT DETERMINED THE STUDENT'S SELECTION OF AN AREA OF CONCENTRATION. RESULTS OF THE INVESTIGATION SHOWED THAT (1) IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO PREDICT ACCURATELY WHAT CONCENTRATION A STUDENT WOULD SELECT FROM HIS SCHOOL AND COLLEGE APTITUDE TEST, (2) MANY STUDENTS IN THE FIELD OF ELEMENTARY EDUCATION, WHO HAD PREFERRED BIOLOGY AT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION, SWITCHED CHOICES WHILE IN COLLEGE, (3) SOME STUDENTS WHEN SWITCHING INTO ELEMENTARY EDUCATION SELECTED A BIOLOGY CONCENTRATION ONLY BECAUSE OF CREDITS ACCUMULATED PREVIOUSLY. THE AUTHOR CONCLUDED THAT THE BEST SOURCE OF CANDIDATES TO SELECT A CONCENTRATION WAS THAT GROUP OF STUDENTS WHO HAD A PREFERENCE FOR THE CONCENTRATION AREA AT THE TIME OF ENTRANCE. (AL)
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Identifiers: Texas (Austin)