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ERIC Number: ED117042
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Pages: 150
Abstractor: N/A
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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)
New Human Services Institute, 184 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10010 ($4.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Queens Coll. New Careers Training Lab.