ERIC Number: ED458300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov-15
An Analysis of Elementary Pre-Service Teacher Attitudes toward Two Different Methods Course Formats.
van Landingham, Ava Pugh; Groves, Fred; Washington, Jerrilene
This study was conducted to determine if there were any differences in the opinions of preservice teachers about the effectiveness of a new block structure for elementary education and methods courses and opinions about the previous course structure. The new structure implemented in the 2000-2001 academic year reduced the courses in elementary education and methods from four to two and decreased the time for on-site field experiences. A total of 144 elementary education preservice teachers participated from fall 1999 through spring 2001. In general, attitudes about the degree of preparation for teaching dropped during the 2000 academic year but rose to equal or exceed those of fall 1999 by spring 2001. This pattern may reflect a period of adjustment for instructors or uncertainty on the part of students. The reduction in the number of courses apparently had only a temporary negative effect on student attitudes about preparation for the subject content areas. (SLD)
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 (30th, Little Rock, AR, November 15-17, 2001).