Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline



The major purpose of this investigation is to determine whether the pupils of Prairie View Training School look upon their student teachers in a favorable or unfavorable manner; and state reasons for answers that were given.

The solving of this problem is dependent upon findings to the following questions: 1. What are the pupils' general reactions to instruction by the student teachers? 2. How do pupils evaluate the student teachers as to: teaching procedure, use of correct English, the handling of discipline problems, knowledge of subject matter, and personality traits. 3. Do the pupils feel their learning is hampered by the teaching of the student teacher? 4. Is the discipline of the pupils affected by by having student teachers? 5. Do student teachers make it possible for pupils to receive more individual help? 6. Do the student teachers understand and help the pupils with personal problems? The subordinate purposes are to find out: 1. What interpretation of the reactions of the pupils to the student teacher is made by the regular teacher? 2. What attitudes are evidenced by the principal and supervising teachers with respect to teaching by the student teacher. 3. What evaluation of the student teaching program at Prairie View Training School was made by the student teachers, themselves. 4. What suggestions could be offered by those persons now in supervisory positions in Prairie View Training School to improve the teacher training program.

This study, as in all studies of opinion, is limited with respect to the time factor. It reflects the attitudes of pupils in the year of 1952-53. What the opinions of these pupils will be in 1953-54 is not known. What their opinions would be if they were called together and subjected to cross examination is not known. Undoubtedly their opinions will change as their experiences are widened or as their insight increases. Operating under the assumption that pupils' opinions are valuable as a criterion of teaching efficiency, an attempt has been made in this study to apply this technique to the evaluation and the improvement of student teachers.

This problem was limited to the pupils in the first through the twelfth grades of the elementary and secondary schools of Prairie View Training School. This is the laboratory school connected with Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College, located in Waller County, forty-six miles Northwest of Houston, Texas.

Committee Chair/Advisor

A. C. Preston


Prairie View A&M College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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