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ERIC Number: ED343897
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Educational Attitudes of Preservice Teachers, or "Redesigning the Edsel" of Teacher Education.
Piel, John A.; Green, Michael
Two populations of undergraduate students (preservice elementary education majors and noneducation majors) were compared with respect to their attitudes toward learning in the content areas of history, literature, mathematics, reading, and science. The study attempted to answer the following questions: (1) To what extent are preservice elementary teachers interested in learning subject matter content? and (2) To what extent do they believe understanding these subject matter areas is an important educational goal? The Survey of Educational Attitudes was administered to all participants. Data suggest that education majors' attitudes reflect generalized ambivalence toward important subject areas taught in elementary school, with significantly more positive attitudes displayed toward reading and literature than toward science, mathematics, and history. In spite of highly visible recommendations for more extensive academic coursework, results indicate the impracticality of addressing teacher competence through added coursework before appropriate attitude adjustment processes have been planned and implemented. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Survey of Educational Attitudes (Rosenthal et al)