ERIC Number: ED261997
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jul-25
Reference Count: 0
Perceptions of Former Students on Degree of Emphasis to Place on Pedagogical Topics.
Denton, Jon J.; And Others
This inquiry was conducted to: (1) examine potential interactions among characteristics of survey subjects and incentives to enhance mail returns with the quality of subject responses assessed in terms of response patterns; and (2) obtain perceptions of former students on the emphasis to place on pedagogical concepts and principles in teacher education curricula. A mail survey sent to 300 former students produced responses from 48 percent of the sample. Analyses of returns yielded the following observations: (1) Sampling former students across years of experience, level of teaching experience and year of graduation does not result in a response bias, provided the instrument requests perceptions germane to the preparation of teachers, but not to the program the former student experienced; (2) Using small monetary incentives i.e., 25 cents, to encourage responding to the survey requests is nonproductive, although the literature indicates 50 cent and one dollar tokens do increase response ratio; and (3) The emphasis to place on pedagogical knowledges/skills ranging from greatest to least are as follows: classroom management, instructional methods, legal and ethical aspects, measurement and evaluation, curriculum planning, organization and management of schools, and needs of special populations. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Instructional Research Lab.