ERIC Number: ED207961
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Alternative Teacher Education Programs: Their Effect on Selected Students' Attitudes.
Horak, Willis J.; Roubinek, Darrell L.
This study analyzed the effects of different teacher education programs on students' attitudes about classroom management, student trust, and teacher discipline. Data was collected from 81 preservice elementary education majors who were participating in three different teacher education programs. Eight factors were used as the basis for attitude analysis: (1) societal and social influences on discipline; (2) student responsibilities in school; (3) influences on disciplinary options; (4) teacher respect and order; (5) student classroom behavior; (6) school rules enforcement; (7) student punishment; and (8) teacher preparation and planning. The programs differed in the amount of field experience and the types of classroom settings for the field experiences. Beliefs of students in the program with the least amount of field experience changed the most, in a student centered direction. Beliefs of students in the other two programs became more custodial on many of the factors analyzed. The results indicate that total attitude structure about global topics such as management, discipline, and trust differ, and that there may not be one "best" teacher education program. Careful consideration must be given to students' prior attitudes and attitude structures when changes in teacher education programs are planned. (Authors/JD)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Classroom Techniques, Discipline, Education Majors, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Individual Differences, Intermode Differences, Learning Processes, Preservice Teacher Education, Socialization, Student Attitudes, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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