ERIC Number: ED032280
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
A Descriptive Research Study of Biracial Student Teacher Teams. Final Report.
Shoudel, Pearl W.
An experiment was planned to establish pairs, one Negro and one Caucasian, of student teachers who would work together as a team as they did part of their student teaching in a Negro school under a Negro cooperating teacher, and part in a predominantly white school under a Caucasian cooperating teacher. The purpose was to determine whether or not attitudes toward another race would be changed by participation in the biracial program. The control group of 30 Negro and 30 Caucasian subjects were not paired and were assigned to a school for members of their own race. Subjects were from 10 Arkansas teacher education institutions and were placed in 10 different school systems over a period of four semesters. Pre- and posttests which were designed to measure attitudinal responses to items of bias were administered to all subjects. The biracial team approach did change the attitudes of subjects toward members of the other race; Negro and Caucasian student teachers were not brought to a point where they shared common viewpoints, but the differences in their perceptions were narrowed. Attitudes of cooperating teachers and other personnel were also changed as a result of day-by-day associations and person-to-person communication. (Included are lists of the most significant changes in both Negro and Caucasian attitudes toward Negro and Caucasian teachers, administrators, students, and toward the project in general.) (JS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Philander Smith Coll., Little Rock, AR.
Note: More complete data can be found in the unpublished doctoral dissertation of the same title, (University Microfilms, Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich.).