ERIC Number: ED198112
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Conceptual Level as a Factor Affecting Student Attitudes Towards Methods Course Components.
Van Cleaf, David W.; Schroder, Angela M.
The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between student conceptual level and attitudes toward four methods course components: theory, content, method, and experience working with children. Research findings have indicated that a match between student conceptual level and course instructional mode result in significant improvement in student attitudes toward the education course. Student conceptual level appears to be a factor that can be used to determine the needs of preservice teachers. The findings of this study confirm that conceptual level is closely related to student perceptions of methods course components. Students operating at or near a low conceptual level responded more favorably to a well organized, clear, and consistent course structure. Students with a higher conceptual level were open to course concepts in a more open, less structured format. The implications of these findings for teacher education are discussed. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (4th, Dallas, TX, January, 1981).