ERIC Number: ED257799
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Comparing Educational Beliefs of Teacher Candidates and Their Non-Teaching Counterparts. Research and Evaluation in Teacher Education. Program Evaluation Series No. 3.
Brousseau, B.; And Others
A survey sought to discover whether the beliefs about education held by teacher education candidates differed from those of their non-teaching counterparts. Responses to the "MSU Educational Beliefs Inventory" were obtained from 391 teacher candidates and 232 students enrolled in an introductory communications class at Michigan State University. The questionnaire contained 59 statements that reflect beliefs about students, curriculum, social milieus, and teachers. A fifth category was included to capture beliefs about pedagogy. An analysis of resulting data indicated that educational beliefs held by students entering teacher preparation programs are different from college students in general. Non-education majors were seen as more likely than teacher candidates to "take a stand" on educational issues. The two groups seemed to agree most with respect to their beliefs abut students and least in their beliefs about teachers and proposals to raise teaching standards. Teacher candidates were also somewhat more likely to agree with "expert" opinion than their non-teaching counterparts. A copy of the inventory is appended with responses from each group tabulated. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Coll. of Education.