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ERIC Number: ED087775
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Pages: 15
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Do Pre-Student Teaching Experiences Change Attitudes Toward Teaching?
Knoll, G. C.
This study details the main activities that pre-student teachers were scheduled to engage in while in the Exploratory Field Experience Program at the University of Iowa. Its primary purpose was to investigate the effect of an undergraduate exploratory field experience (pre-student teaching) course on the attitudes held by prospective teachers. The study focused in part on the relationship between attitude change of the pre-student teachers and the following eight demographic and descriptive variables: sex, elementary vs. secondary levels, major curricular areas, university classification, ACT composite scores, grade point averages, grades received in the introduction to teaching course, and grade levels of the pre-student teaching experience. The samples of the study included 162 elementary and 286 secondary pre-student teachers for a total of 448 students enrolled in the Exploratory Field Experience Course. The attitudes were reflected in responses to statements in the Minnesota Teacher Attitude Inventory (MTAI) administered at the beginning and end of both semesters of the course. Results indicated that students entered the program with a positive attitude towards interpersonal relationships with children and teaching as a career and left the program with an even stronger positive attitude in these areas. (Descriptions and table analysis of each variable are included in the text.) (JA)
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