ERIC Number: ED104821
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
An Experiential and a Traditional Approach in Preparing Teachers.
Olsen, Dwayne G.
This study tested the hypothesis that education students who participate in a structured human relations laboratory will demonstrate attitudes which are significantly different from those of students trained in a traditional approach to a general methods course. Ninety-one students in three sections were randomly assigned to an experimental section and a control section. Both sections were taught from common syllabi, and each instructor taught one experimental section and one control section. The following six constructs were identified, defined, and measured to test the hypothesis: (a) attitudes toward courses, (b) beliefs about the educative process, (c) interpersonal communication, (d) self-perception, (e) indirect verbal behavior, and (f) behavior in interpersonal situations. Data presented in the study supported the specific hypothesis relating to attitudes toward courses, and partially supported the hypothesis concerning beliefs about the educative process. The data did not, however, support the specific hypotheses concerning the other four constructs. Examined as a whole, the data was sufficient to reject the initial research hypothesis. (PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C., April 1975)