ERIC Number: ED045584
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-May
Reference Count: 0
A Follow-Up Study of Recent Graduates of the College of Education, University of Missouri--Columbia.
Hopkins, Mark L.
As part of an analysis and evaluation of the teacher training program in the College of Education, University of Missouri--Columbia, a questionnaire survey was conducted 1) to ascertain if in the opinion of recent graduates their preservice program gave them adequate preparation for teaching, 2) to assess attitudes toward each of 13 education courses, and 3) to assess attitudes toward teaching as a profession. A 100-item questionnaire was constructed, based on interviews with several instructors. Subjects (279) were selected by random sample from a list of 1969 College of Education graduates. Findings, based on 96 percent return of questionnaires, indicate that most of the recent graduates are relatively well satisfied with teaching as a profession. As a group, they feel they are being paid adequately and future plans include pursuing an advanced degree. Students in general felt good about their preparation to work in the classroom but expressed concern over lack of actual experience working with children. Most felt that courses with practical experience such as student teaching were of most benefit. More skills related to actual teaching and media usage were needed. Attitudes toward specific courses were hard to ascertain. (The questionnaire with item-by-item findings is included.) (JS)
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Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., Columbia. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers: University of Missouri Columbia