ERIC Number: ED121789
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
School-Based Teacher Education: An Empirical Investigation.
Crowl, Thomas K.; Alsworth, Philip L.
An experimental teacher preparation program was established whose major distinguishing feature consisted of increasing the amount of time spent by college juniors in an elementary school classroom. The education course met at the elementary school instead of at the college. This study attempted to provide empirical data regarding the effect of the program on students' attitudes toward teacher education. For more than half of the 12 students in the experimental program this course was the first education course they had taken; another quarter had taken or were taking an additional four credits in education. The control group of 25 students had begun their teacher preparations the previous semester. A questionnaire was administered to the participants in this program to determine their positive or negative attitudes toward the teacher preparation program. The results showed that although the experimental group had a significantly more positive attitude toward its program than did the control group, both groups had positive attitudes. Results also indicated that while a school-based program may be a step in the right direction, simply providing increased classroom exposure to students early in their education work is not in itself sufficient to meet students' needs completely, since many students felt there was room for improvement in teacher education. (JMF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, Staten Island, NY. Richmond Coll.