ERIC Number: ED040975
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Attitudes and Employment Patterns of Teachers Who Received Pre-Service Teaching Experience with Disadvantaged Groups. Final Report.
Zink, Theodore M.
This study was intended as a follow-up evaluation of Project COPE, a Glassboro State College program designed to provide junior year elementary education students experience in teaching culturally disadvantaged children, and to motivate them to continue this type of teaching after graduation. The procedure involved testing and collecting survey data on all Glassboro graduates who were program participants. Test results were compared with earlier scores on the same instruments as a measure of long-term attitude change. Earlier test results along with IQ, college grade point average, and curricular data were then compared with post college employment. Of the 147 respondents (72 percent of all program participants), 127 entered teaching, with 51 teaching the disadvantaged. Considerable variance existed among the densities of deprived taught, as well as the duration of that teaching. No significant differences were found between those who later taught the disadvantaged and those who did not in terms of personal characteristics (IQ, sex, grade point average), amounts of graduate study, comparative attitude test data, and ratings of COPE as an experience and teaching as a profession. Although original COPE project goals may have been inadequately realized, participants' ratings of the program indicate that a preservice experience with the disadvantaged would be of value to all prospective teachers. (RT)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Glassboro State Coll., NJ.