ERIC Number: ED209185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Influence of Field Experiences and Introductory Professional Courses on Student Attitudes Toward American Education.
Wasicsko, M. Mark; And Others
Attitude changes by student teachers resulting from participation in early field-based experiences in an inner-city elementary school were examined. Introductory sophomore-level courses (Introduction to Exceptional Children, Foundations of Educational Thought, and Human Growth and Development) were offered to two groups of students in a field-based and a campus-based program. Two attitude scales were used to measure pre- and post-test attitudes of these selected groups. One, a semantic differential scale, was designed to measure attitudes toward the three courses and the teacher education program. The second instrument, a questionnaire, sampled the attitudes toward schooling and multicultural education. Results of the testing revealed that the field-based students became less positive in their attitudes toward schools and schooling while the attitude of the campus-based group remained the same or more positive. Both groups became more positive in their attitudes toward mainstreaming exceptional children. In their attitudes toward human development, the field-based students developed more positive attitudes toward people, while the campus-based group showed a tendency to become more negative. It can be concluded that, not only can early field-based experiences allow students to develop more realistic attitudes and expectations about the processes of schooling, but they can also provide an opportunity for self-assessment and can direct a student's career choice. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Regional Mini-Clinic of the Association for Teacher Education (Carbondale, IL, April 11, 1981).