ERIC Number: ED374077
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Professional Development School's Impact on Student Teachers' Attitudes.
Benton, Gary J.; Richardson, Gloria D.
The purpose of this study was to determine if student teachers' attitudes toward their student teaching experiences differed significantly after the addition of professional development school experiences. Two groups of student teachers (Spring 1992 and Spring 1993) were compared using the Mississippi Student Teaching Attitude Inventory (MSTAI) constructed by Benton and Richardson (1990). Each group consisted of 35 students. A one-way analysis of variance revealed significant differences for 7 of the 38 items. These items consisted of the following statements, to which students responded using a Likert scale: "I enjoy teaching"; "My student teaching responsibilities do not restrict my nonprofessional responsibilities"; "I feel that I am prepared to teach"; "I feel prepared to meet the needs of individual learners"; "My students regard me with respect and have confidence in my professional ability"; "My students have the opportunity for enrichment activities daily"; and "Using more than two teaching methods during a class period is not difficult." Implications for the use of the MSTAI include: longitudinal group comparisons, restructuring of courses and programs, and utilization of findings to implement further professional development opportunities and changes. (Author/IAH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mississippi; State University Meridian
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, November 10-12, 1993).