ERIC Number: ED320902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Teachers' and Teacher Candidates' Beliefs about Subject Matter and about Teaching Responsibilities.
Schmidt, William H.; Kennedy, Mary M.
Recent research has suggested that teachers' beliefs about subject matter influence what they choose to teach and how they choose to teach it. The findings suggest that educational reforms need to take teacher' beliefs into account. This study examines teachers' beliefs about two school subjects, mathematics and writing, and their beliefs about their own responsibilities toward diverse learners. Respondents included intending teachers (usually college juniors), first-year teachers, and experienced teachers. Although there are some differences in patterns of beliefs across these three groups, the most remarkable finding is the diversity of patterns found. The evidence suggests that teachers, as a group, hold no clear view on any of these issues. Six tables display the data on patterns of beliefs. (Author/JD)
Descriptors: Beliefs, College Students, Education Majors, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Mathematics Instruction, Opinions, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Responsibility, Writing Instruction
National Center for Research on Teacher Education, 116 Erickson Hall, College of Education, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($4.60).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Teacher Education, East Lansing, MI.