ERIC Number: ED306215
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-31
Reference Count: 0
In the Beginning: The Questions of Teacher Education Students.
McCullough, Laura L.; And Others
This study examined the attitudes, beliefs, and concerns of second-year students in the University of Virginia teacher education program. One of the purposes of the second year course is to guide students in the process of making a career choice. "Teaching as a Profession" is the first professional course in the program. Students are involved in intensive study of an understanding of themselves and their decision to become a teacher, varying educational philosophies and how to begin the process of determining their own, and the idea of teaching as a profession. The 40 students who participated in the study were asked to write questions which they would like answered by a classroom teacher. These questions were operationalized as entry level concerns and were written prior to any course or field work. The thematic categories of the questions were teacher training, career, classroom management, parents, educational reform, pay, relations, students, qualities, instruction, and lifestyle. An analysis of the findings takes into consideration differences between prospective elementary and secondary teachers. Included in the appendices are typical questions asked regarding career choice, teaching skills, lifestyle, and educational policy. References are included as well as 4 tables displaying specific data on demographic variables reflected in 17 of the questions. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).