ERIC Number: ED423404
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
A Longitudinal Measure of the Perceptual Impact of a Cultural Diversity Teaching Practicum on the Interpersonal Competency of Student Teachers.
Bell, Lloyd C.
A study evaluated the longitudinal effect of a planned in-school practicum experience addressing cultural diversity on the self-perception of student teachers regarding their interpersonal competence in such situations. Subjects were 18 student teachers of agricultural education and 6 student teachers of family and consumer science enrolled in the University of Nebraska's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and College of Human Resources and Family Sciences, respectively. Evaluation was accomplished through the administration of a multicultural attitudinal inventory to all subjects prior to, immediately after, and at least 1 year after the experience. Subscale evaluation included the areas of teaching skills, knowledge of cultural diversity, teacher-student relationships, and cultural awareness. Perceptual change of interpersonal competency occurred within subjects in all subscale areas measured. The area of greatest gain was teacher-student relationships. The area of least gain and most regression over time was cultural awareness. (Contains 13 references) (Author/YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Vocational Association (Las Vegas, NV, December 1997).