ERIC Number: ED280841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Comparing Backgrounds and Educational Beliefs of Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education Candidates. Research and Evaluation in Teacher Education: Program Evaluation Series No. 8.
Book, Cassandra; Freeman, Donald
This study compared the demographic characteristics and career aspirations of teacher education elementary and secondary school candidates. A sample of 174 elementary education majors and 178 secondary education majors completed the "Entering Teacher Candidate Survey," a 210-item questionnaire investigating high school background and activities, college background, career plans, general orientation to teaching, general background information, and educational beliefs. Analysis of responses indicated that the two groups differed in several important areas. A relatively large number of elementary education majors had fairly weak backgrounds in science and mathematics when compared to secondary education majors. Elementary education majors were more likely to have participated in teaching activities involving groups of children. A higher proportion of elementary than secondary majors were committed to a career in teaching. They also regarded coursework in instructional methods and educational psychology as important sources of professional knowledge. Secondary education majors showed a stronger commitment to teaching subject matter, while elementary education majors showed a stronger orientation towards students. The educational beliefs of the two grroups were remarkably similar. (CB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Coll. of Education.