ERIC Number: ED117042
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Comparative Study of Career Opportunities Program (COP) Graduates as First-Year Teachers.
Costa, Crist; And Others
This study assessed the performance of first-year teachers trained through the U. S. Office of Education Career Opportunities Program (COP) and a matched group of first-year teachers in the same school building and grade, but not trained through COP. The study was conducted during the 1974-75 school year at 15 sites across the country, which were drawn as a stratified sample of the 132 COP projects nationwide. A variety of instruments were used to obtain a comprehensive picture of the participants in terms of personal characteristics, attitudes, classroom behavior, and impact upon pupils. The results showed that the COP trained teacher was more likely to have a more positive attitude toward teaching, be more socially oriented, have more vigor, be more original in thought, and receive a higher rating from the principal based on his/her work in the classroom. He/she was more supportive of student initiated talk and less likely to ask questions soliciting rote responses. The children whom the COP-trained teacher taught had a more positive self-concept, their parents viewed their attitudes toward school more positively, and the children performed better on standardized achievement tests. Although many of the differences between the COP trained and non-COP trained teachers are small, the pattern of differences is clear and consistent. (A summary of the study is included.) (Author)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Teaching Methods
New Human Services Institute, 184 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10010 ($4.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Queens Coll. New Careers Training Lab.