ERIC Number: ED425151
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
The State of Public Education in the United States: Teacher Education Students' Perspectives.
Cross, Larry F.; Johnson, E. Jean; Giuntoli, Kathleen; Peterson, Karen M.; Howell, Glenna L.
This study examined the opinions of 44 teacher education majors, prior to student teaching, about the state of public education in the United States. It also investigated their perceptions of the opinions of faculty and practicing teachers regarding the same issue. The study examined the degree of multicultural instruction and the method by which the students received the instruction. Students completed a three-part self-report survey. The first section sought their opinions about problems and solutions facing U.S. public education and asked students to recall what their teacher education faculty and practicing teachers expressed about problems facing public schools. The second section asked about students' diversity training and opinions about discrimination in the United States. The third section requested demographic information. Results indicated that students' own perceptions and opinions closely matched those of faculty and teachers, who ranked economic issues as the main problem in U.S. public education. Students ranked social/emotional or diversity issues as the second problem. This was in direct contrast to their perceptions of the opinions of faculty and teachers, who they believed would rank parental/family issues second and social/emotional and diversity issues last. The results also showed that students did not receive the instructional methods that research has shown are necessary to facilitate change in opinions and behavior. (Contains 26 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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