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ERIC Number: ED080322
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Pages: 33
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The Effect of Early Classroom Teaching Experience Upon the Attitudes and Performance of Science Teacher Candidates.
Conradson, Diane R.
Reported is a study on effects of early classroom teaching experience upon the attitudes and performance of teacher candidates from a student group primarily composed of science majors or minors. The subjects were paired mainly on their choice of a credential or noncredential program. One of each pair was randomly assigned to the experimental group and the other to the control group. An attitude inventory was given to both groups as a pretest and posttest. After taking the pretest, the experimental students were individually placed in the grade level and science area of their choice and spent a minimum of 3 hours per week in classroom for 12 weeks. Both elementary and secondary classes were involved in the study. The classroom assignment was observation, tutoring, small group teaching, developing and teaching one or two complete lectures or labs, and aiding master teachers. The experimental group also discussed their attitudes toward teaching career and received an evaluation by master teachers. The overall attitude changes were found to be statistically significant. The career decision and attitude development were independent of age, sex, class level, or grade point average. A realistic view of teaching was obtained by the experimental group. (CC)
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (46th, Detroit, Michigan, March 1973)