Date of Award:

1974

Document Type:

Dissertation

Degree Name:

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department:

Education

Advisor/Chair:

Jay A. Monson

Abstract

This study was designed to compare elementary teacher preparation programs at Utah State University as a basis for evaluation of the SODIA program. SODIA is the acronym for a new elementary teacher preparation program initiated in the Fall of 1972 which was designed to be field centered and competency based.

The population of the study consisted of 104 elementary student teachers enrolled in student teaching during Fall and Winter Quarters of the 1973-74 academic year. There were four groups identified by the type of preparation program they had experienced. The groups were SODIA (the new program for preparing elementary teachers), Former (the program for preparing elementary teachers prior to the inception of SODIA), Sophomore Bloc Only (the program that was the former program except that the student had Sophomore Bloc of the SODIA program), and Junior Bloc Only (the program that was the former program except that the student had Junior Bloc of the SODIA program).

There were five instruments used to collect data. They were the School Personnel Research and Evaluation Services tests (a form of the National Teacher Exam), Rokeach Dogmatism Scale, Minnesota Teacher Attitude Inventory, Purdue Student-Teacher Opinionnaire, and Teaching Skills Self Rating Scale.

A one-way analysis of variance was used to test for significant differences between groups. There were no significant differences found with the exception of the Sophomore Bloc Only group scoring significantly lower on the Science-Mathematics, Common Weighted Examination, and Education in the Elementary School sub-sections of the School Personnel Research and Evaluation Services test.

The recommendations of the study were:

1. It is suggested that further analysis of performance of student teachers be made to provide a basis for continuing evaluation of the SODIA elementary teacher preparation program.

2. It is suggested that an additional study be undertaken considering the limitations of the present study as described in the Discussion section (Chapter V).

3. It is suggested that an analysis of success of first year teachers, who were trained in the SODIA program, be made to provide a basis for continuing evaluation of the SODIA program.

4. It is suggested that a five year longitudinal study be made to assess long term effects of the SODIA program.

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