ERIC Number: ED059980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jan
Reference Count: 0
A Descriptive Research Study of Cooperating Teachers and Student Teachers in Biracial Situations. Final Report.
Shoudel, Pearl W.
This study was designed to determine if the attitudes of cooperating teachers toward another race are changed by their experiences with student teachers of the opposite race. Two rating scales were devised to measure the attitudinal responses of cooperating teachers to items of bias. A control group of 33 black teachers and 32 white teachers who had not worked in biracial situations were tested. The experimental group of 42 white teachers and 41 black teachers, who had been assigned student teachers of the other race, were tested before and after the student teaching program. The most dramatic differences occurred between the control and experimental groups rather than among the experimental groups. Accounting for the lack of change among the latter are the previous experiences of experimental group teachers with students of the opposite race and their voluntary acceptance of the student teacher. However, Caucasian and Negro teachers in the experimental group changed their attitudes about the characteristics of children of the other race in a number of areas. In addition, differences in attitudes between Negro and Caucasian teachers were noteworthy in the following areas: acceptance of the minority teacher by the faculty, ease of communication with the other race, professionalism in relationship to all faculty members and administrators regardless of race, and equality between the races in inherent intelligence and children's behavior patterns. (Author/LP)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Philander Smith Coll., Little Rock, AR.