ERIC Number: ED381533
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Recruitment Effectiveness: A Comparative Study of the Affective Attributes of Teacher Candidates of the 1980's and the 1990's.
Marso, Ronald N.; Pigge, Fred L.
This study compared the affective attributes of a sample of beginning teacher education students in the 1990s with a sample of beginning teacher education students of the 1980's to investigate whether or not educational reform actions were accompanied by changes in the affective characteristics of individuals entering teacher preparation. The data obtained from the two samples of teacher education students (N=393) who were registered at a large midwestern teacher preparation institution suggested that the enhanced recruiting efforts of recent years have allowed teacher education institutions similar to the one on which this study was conducted to maintain teacher candidate quality as indicated by scholastic aptitude scores without detrimental changes in the affective attributes of prospective teachers. The 1990's candidates reported levels of attitude toward teaching as a career, of concerns about surviving as teachers, and of concerns about their impact upon pupils similar to the 1980's candidates. The 1990's candidates reported less anxiety about teaching, more confidence about becoming teachers, and more concern for the actual task of teaching than did the 1980's cohorts. (Contains 19 references.) (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Affective Behavior, Comparative Analysis, Education Majors, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Teacher Recruitment, Teaching (Occupation)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Preservice Teachers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (Detroit, MI, February 18-22, 1995).