ERIC Number: ED224993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec-6
Reference Count: 0
Relationship of Attitudes of Vocational Student Teachers to Their Plans to Teach.
Moss, Jeffrey W.; Briers, Gary E.
A study examined the relationship of attitudes of vocational student teachers to their plans to teach. Also investigated during the study was an alternative method of scoring the Purdue Student-Teacher Opinionnaire. (The Purdue Student-Teacher Opinionnaire is a 60-item questionnaire that yields factor scores pertaining to the following areas: rapport with supervising teacher, principal, and university supervisor; teaching as a profession; school facilities; professional preparation; rapport with students and other teachers; and student-teacher load.) After administering the opinionnaire to 95 student teachers who were enrolled in the Department of Agricultural Education from the fall of 1980 through the spring of 1982, researchers analyzed the relationship of the nine factors to the student teachers' plans to teach. Six of the nine factors showed statistically significant correlations with plans to teach. Of these, teaching as a profession and rapport with students exhibited the highest correlation with plans to become a vocational agricultural teacher. Recommendations called for increased efforts to improve the image of teaching as a profession and for more careful selection of student teaching centers. In addition, the researchers concluded that the certainty method that they used to score the opinionnaire produced sufficiently reliable results to warrant its use. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Purdue Student Teacher Opinionaire; Texas A and M University
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Education Research Association Meeting (St. Louis, MO, December 6, 1982).