- The study tested the effects of an experimental unit of instruction on preservice teachers' knowledge of teaching handicapped students. It was hypothesized that agricultural education students taught by means of the new unit would score significantly higher on a posttest assessment instrument than students instructed by means of the current unit being utilized in a "Methods of Teaching High School Vocational Agriculture" course.
The study utilized a pretest-posttest control group design during the 1981 summer term with a repetitive measure utilizing a quasi-experimental (non-equivalent control group) design during the 1981 fall term. Data were combined from students enrolled in Agricultural Education 12v during the 1981 summer and fall terms. In toto, there were 22 and 14 preservice teachers in the experimental and control groups, respectively.
Findings indicated that students taught by means of the experimental unit scored significantly higher on the Preservice Teachers Knowledge of Handicapped Students Assessment Instrument. Additionally, findings indicated no significant differences between (1) posttest scores and selected demographic variables, and (2) observed teaching behaviors for either control or experimental group as measured by the Observation System for Instructional Analysis Instrument.
- Dissertation Note:
- Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University 1982.
- Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 43-03, Section: A, page: 6320.
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