ERIC Number: ED098173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
A Follow-Up Study of the Classroom Performance and Personal-Professional Attitude Development of NTSU Elementary Graduates in their First Year of Teaching. Research on Elementary Teacher Preparation Monograph No. 1.
Earp, N. Wesley; Tanner, Fred W.
This followup study investigates the effects of a teacher center program on North Texas State University elementary education graduates after one year of teaching. Subjects were 55 teachers in inner-city schools and middle-class schools. Three instruments, the Directed Imagination Test, One Word Sentence Completion Test, and the Self Report Inventory were chosen to measure subjects in the affective area. The specific variables measured were (a) general self-perception, (b) optimism-hope, (c) attitude toward others, (d) attitudes toward children, (e) attitudes toward teaching, (f) general adjustment, and (g) confidence regarding classroom discipline. Clearly defined conclusions based on findings are difficult to specify. However, results suggest the following broad trends: (a) the field-trained teachers tended to fare better than the campus-trained teachers; (b) the type of school in which student teaching is done does not seem to be a determining factor in teaching success; (c) inner-city schools are more difficult teaching assignments; (d) the results of the data relating to the type of staff organization suggest that any strong conclusion would be unwarranted; (e) teaching assignments at the primary level result in first-year teachers with higher personal-professional attitudes and higher principals' ratings than those of first-year intermediate level teachers; and (f) first-year teaching does not result in positive attitudinal growth. Also, the author states that the findings of this study verify that good teachers can be produced in a variety of programs. (PD)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Field Experience Programs, Performance, Student Teaching, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Centers, Teachers
N. Wesley Earp, Department of Education, North Texas State University, Denton, Texas 76203 (No price quoted)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Texas State Univ., Denton.