ERIC Number: ED051121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May
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Student Strike: An Educational Career Decision for Student Teachers.
Hull, Ronald E.; Driscoll, Robert L.
This study was conducted primarily to provide feedback to the professional staff about the student strike of May 1970 and its implications for the student teaching program. It examined the following questions: 1) What general factors were considered important in making a career decision brought about by social unrest? 2) What was the rationale on which the decisions were based? 3) What was the nature of the conflict experiences in arriving at the decision? The subjects were in the last month of their student teaching field experience at the time of the strike and 101 of the 151 involved responded to the questionnaire. Responses showed little evidence that the subjects acted in accordance with the values of the new culture. All but three continued their teaching and the group generally was guided by occupational success motives and the punitive nature of their supervisors. The sample was clearly oriented toward job security, much like those who now make up the teaching group in America. The study shows that the "system" is not very receptive to the neophyte who wants to take an unpopular position based on his values. Recommendations are 1) the establishment of a student teaching committee to develop programs reflecting the concerns of all participants; 2) the development of an internship program where the student is responsible solely to the school system; 3) the creation of a contractual agreement specifying the student teacher's responsibilities; and 4) the continuation of situations providing role conflict as a learning experience. (MBM)
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Fredonia. Coll. at Fredonia.