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ERIC Number: ED068440
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The Influence of Professional Reference Groups on Decisions of Preservice Teachers.
Bright, George W.; Carry, L. Ray
This report studies the influence of professional reference groups on the decisions of teachers. The two professional groups were categorized as either mathematicians or educators in order to determine which group was more influential. Preservice secondary school mathematics teachers at the University of Texas at Austin were randomly assigned to experimental and control groups. Thirty-six hypothetical classroom teaching situations were written, each accompanied by three potential resolutions. For the subjects in the experimental groups, the labels "mathematicians" and "educators" were randomly assigned to different resolutions on each of 24 of the 36 situations. Responses from the control and experimental groups indicated that professional reference groups of mathematicians and educators influence the decisions of preservice secondary school mathematics teachers in projected classroom situations. The procedure was insensitive to any differential influence between the two reference groups. A five-item bibliography is included. (MJM)
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