ERIC Number: ED023628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Observation of Classes upon Education Majors' Attitudes toward Selected Aspects of Teaching.
Coleman, Donavon E.
An experiment was designed to investigate the effects of classroom observation on the attitudes of education majors toward selected aspects of teaching. Three major hypotheses were considered: (1) that observation of classes would result in a significant change in student attitudes toward selected aspects of teaching, (2) that student attitudes would shift toward those held by the present teaching faculty at the school in which they observed, and (3) that the attitudes of the McCaskill Laboratory School Faculty, Wisconsin State University, Superior, would vary significantly from the attitudes of the education majors in the study. Thirty-three education majors without observation experience were identified and were divided randomly into control and experimental groups. The control group was restricted from observation during the experimental period while the experimental group made five 30-minute observations of classes. Pretest and posttest measurements were administered to assess attitudes toward such aspects as student teaching, teaching, discipline, and children. A semantic differential was employed as the measuring device. Analysis of the data led to rejection of all three hypotheses. (Author/SG)
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Univ., Superior.
Identifiers: Mann Whitney U Test; Wilcoxon Matched Pairs Signed Ranks Test