Date of Award

4-17-1996

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Ruth L. Meese, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Jennifer M. Apperson, Ph.D

Third Advisor

Robert Gibbons, Ed.D.

Abstract

The purpose of. this study was to investigate how recent graduates of a special education and an elementary education program perceived their preparation to teach. Sixty-five recent graduates responded to a twenty-two item Teacher Perception Likert-Scale questionnaire regarding their perceptions about their education. The results were analyzed by calculating means for three separate indices within the questionnaire to provide information on overall satisfaction. A t-test indicated no significant differences at the .OS level for each index between special education and elementary education graduates . Elementary education subjects more frequently chose "strongly disagreed" or "disagreed" than did special education graduates as their response on the Teacher Perception Scale. Finally, no correlation was found between each group 's grade point average and overall satisfaction.

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