ERIC Number: ED201491
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship Among Formal Operational Abilities, Selected Achievement Variables and Student Teaching Success.
Padilla, Michael J.
Results are reported of an investigation of the relationship between preservice teachers' cognitive developmental level and their ability to teach effectively during student teaching. Other variables, including teacher locus of control, SAT verbal and math scores, and teaching effectiveness, were also examined. Elementary (N=22), middle school (N=31), and high school (N=24) preservice teachers were individually tested with four Piagetian tasks, and were tested for external or internal locus of control. Student teaching abilities were assessed using the Teacher Performance Assessment Instruments (TPAI). Included among the results was the lack of a significant relationship between any of the broad teaching performance categories and teacher cognitive development. Percentages are also reported and discussed for cognitive developmental levels of the elementary, middle school, and high school preservice teachers. (CS)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Individual Testing, Locus of Control, Middle Schools, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Education, Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Student Teachers, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Effectiveness
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Formal Operations; Science Education Research; Teacher Performance Assessment Instruments
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science (New York, NY April 1981). Contains occasional blurred print which may not reproduce well.