ERIC Number: ED231770
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-15
Field Experiences in Educational Foundations: An Evaluation of a New Component of Teacher Education.
Saslaw, Rita; And Others
This study was conducted to learn how a new "experience" component in education foundations' core course work would be evaluated by teacher-trainees and their critic teachers, who were experienced classroom teachers. Project subjects were 186 men and women (84 senior students in a required Foundations of Education senior level core course, and 102 critic teachers in local public schools). The 84 students were required to do 12 hours of field experience as part of a course called "Problems in Education." A Likert Scale was used to collect, from each student and teacher, evaluations of the nine assigned tasks that made up the field experience component. Point bi-serial correlation was used to analyze these data. Mean responses of students indicated that each of the tasks was valued--from 3.5 (moderate value) to 4.5 (much value), while experienced teachers valued the tasks also, but significantly higher--from 4.0 (much value) to 4.8 (very much value). The study showed: (1) that this new curriculum component of teacher education was perceived as valuable both by teacher-trainees and by their critic teachers; and (2) that the critic teachers valued the tasks more highly than did the teacher-trainees. (Author/JMK)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).