ERIC Number: ED405318
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Perceptions of Elementary Education Majors: Students Reflect upon Their Chosen Profession.
Hale, Judy A.
The primary purpose of this qualitative study was to determine the perceptions of preservice elementary education majors. The subjects for this study were obtained from a sample of 79 junior and senior elementary education majors enrolled at a southern university. Students viewed the movie "Mr. Holland's Opus" and were asked to write a reflective paper on their perceptions as these pertained to their chosen profession of teaching. Conclusions were drawn from cross-case analysis. Results indicated that the perceptions of students fell into five main categories: (1) the influence of teachers; (2) the importance of professional and personal time management; (3) the dispelling of erroneous myths about why individuals enter the teaching field; (4) the affirmation of teaching as a career; and (5) aspirations for the future. This study found that these students had positive perceptions of teaching a strong desire to make an impact on children. (JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Tuscaloosa, AL, November 6-8, 1996).