ERIC Number: ED257801
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Relation between Academic Aptitude and Commitment to Teaching among MSU Students. Research and Evaluation in Teacher Education. Program Evaluation Series No. 5.
Byers, Joe L.
An overview and analysis is presented of the Vance and Schlechty Study (1982) of education majors which indicated that there is a negative selection process which systematically attracts and holds in the teaching profession young people with modest verbal and mathematical abilities. Three factors, operating singly or in combination, were identified as significant in the negative selection process: societal factors, the collegiate environment, and the nature and culture of schools. A report is given of a parallel study conducted with education majors at Michigan State University (MSU). This study included aptitude measures of students as well as queries on their career plans. Tables illustrate results of scholastic aptitude tests for each of the studies. A comparison of the two studies includes a discussion on some of the differences in the findings as well as a brief interpretation of implications of the MSU findings. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Coll. of Education.