ERIC Number: ED261971
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
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Comparing Academic Backgrounds, Career Decisions, and Educational Beliefs of Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education Candidates.
Book, Cassandra L.; Freeman, Donald J.
Comparisons of 174 elementary education majors with 178 secondary education majors at a midwestern university revealed important similarities and differences in high school academic preparations, teaching experiences, career plans, general orientations to teaching, and educational beliefs. Analysis of responses to a 210 item survey questionnaire highlighted potential differences that should be considered in the design and conduct of courses and programs in teacher education: (1) Compared with their secondary education counterparts, a relatively large number of elementary majors had relatively weak academic backgrounds in science and mathematics; (2) Elementary education majors were more likely to have participated in teaching activities involving groups of children; (3) At the time they entered a teacher preparation program, a higher proportion of elementary majors were committed to a career in teaching; (4) Elementary majors were more likely to look to coursework in instructional methods and educational psychology as very important sources of professional knowledge; (5) Secondary education majors evidenced a stronger commitment to teaching subject matter; (6) Elementary majors evidenced a stronger orientation toward students; and (7) The educational beliefs of elementary and secondary teacher candidates were remarkably similar. (JD)
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