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ERIC Number: ED085336
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 28
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In Defense of the Practical: An Evaluation of Effects and Relationships in One Component of a Teacher Education Program.
Mills, Patricia
This study is based on the evaluation of the Methods Experience Project (MEP) in the College of Education at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. Specifically, the study identifies and describes the nature and direction of possible changes in selected preservice teacher behavior which occurred during the project and explores the relationship of these changes to teaching behavior. The person-oriented variables of openness vs. closedness; generalized expectancies for internal or external control of reinforcement; and personality traits were investigated. The role-oriented variables of situational role conflict, personal role conflict, teaching performance, and teaching attitude were also explored in 157 elementary education majors. Analysis of data reveal a) the MEP students reflect both greater situational and personal role conflicts than the control students; b) MEP students have personalities that are better suited for teaching than the control students; and c) no differences in teaching behavior exist among students, although the MEP students develop a more positive attitude toward teaching than the control students do. The study emphasizes the need for further research and evaluation and presents questions that would delineate areas of further investigation into preservice teacher education curriculum. (Seventeen tables of data are included.) (BRB)
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